Police released on Monday video footage of four armed men who mercilessly pounded a victim with sticks and a sword during a bloody assault in Richmond Hill early on Sunday morning.
Law enforcement sources said the violence erupted at 6:38 a.m. on Aug. 5, when the 26-year-old male victim was approached by the foursome in front of a home on 123rd Street just south of 101st Avenue.
According to authorities, one of the four suspects displayed a gun and threatened the victim, who then tried to run away from them. During the pursuit, however, the victim tripped and fell to the ground — and his attackers then pounced.
Cops said the perpetrators bashed and gashed the victim repeatedly with wooden sticks and a sword, causing numerous head, arm and back lacerations. The group fled a short time later on foot, heading southbound on 123rd Street toward 103rd Avenue.
Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Paramedics rushed the victim to Jamaica Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
Sources familiar with the investigation indicated that the assault appeared to be unprovoked, but that while the attackers were known to the victim, he could not provide their names or addresses to detectives.
Police, however, did obtain security camera footage showing the violent assault. The NYPD described the four attackers as Asian men with dark complexions between 18 and 24 years of age.
One of the suspects stands at 6 feet, 1 inches tall with a medium build, black hair and facial hair, who was last seen wearing a red shirt and green sweatpants. A second assailant stands at 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a medium build, with black hair pulled back into a ponytail and facial hair who wore a green T-shirt, red shorts and black shoes.
The third attacker stands between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build who last wore a dark-colored shirt, blue and white shorts and sandals. The fourth perpetrator stands between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a thin build and black hair pulled into a bun, who was last seen wearing a black shirt, green shorts and black sandals.
Anyone with information regarding the suspects’ whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime Stoppers website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.