UPDATE (10/18/2022): 24-year-old Jordan Smith has been arrested for this incident and charged with robbery.
The NYPD is hoping the public can help them locate an individual wanted for an attempted weekend theft.
It took place at the soon-to-close Best Buy at 1880 Broadway on Saturday, October 15 at about 3:55 p.m.
The suspect removed a laptop and attempted to pass all points of sale and exit the store, police said.
A 30-year-old male employee confronted the suspect and was able to successfully recover the laptop, but the suspect (pictured below) then discharged pepper spray into his face before fleeing on foot.
The employee refused medical attention.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website or by sending a direct message to @NYPDTips on Twitter. All calls are strictly confidential.