Man sought for attacking worker inside Jackson Heights smoke shop

Jackson Heights attack at smoke shop
Cops are still searching for this man who allegedly attacked a store worker in Jackson Heights last month. (Courtesy of NYPD)

Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights are still looking for a man who allegedly attacked an employee at a smoke shop on 37th Avenue in broad daylight last month.

The incident occurred at around 11:10 a.m. on Monday, June 20, at the Smoke & Beer Shop, located at 89-17 37th Ave., when the suspect entered the store and began a verbal dispute with the 64-year-old victim.

Jackson Heights attack at smoke shop
Courtesy of NYPD

During the argument, the assailant suddenly punched the worker on the right side of his face, causing pain and minor bruising, police said. The suspect took off running in an unknown direction while the victim refused medical attention at the scene.

The NYPD released surveillance video of the suspect entering the shop and described him as having a light skin complexion, approximately 30 to 35 years of age with a medium build with black hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black jeans and brown boots and he wore a pair of eyeglasses.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspects is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.