An Upper West Side laundromat was robbed this weekend, and the weapon of choice — according to a report by NY Daily News — was a 2-foot tree branch.
The incident took place on Sunday at approximately 7:30pm, and the robber’s target was Broadway Bubbles, located at 2783 Broadway between 107th and 108th streets.
According to the report, an unknown suspect walked into the laundromat and used the tree branch to hit a 40-year-old employee several times in the back of her head while she was folding clothes.
The victim’s co-worker told the news outlet that the suspect “then emptied the cash register of about $500 cash and ran off uptown on Broadway.”
The victim ran into Martin Brothers Wine & Spirits next door to call the police. According to the report, she suffered “a cut on her head, pain and bruising and an injury to her hand.” She was taken to Mount Sinai West in stable condition.
An NYPD investigation is ongoing.
Not to blame the store, but $500 in cash is a bit much for making change.
Consider a drop safe that only one person (the owner) has the combination to. Then drop anything more than say $200.
Oh, and yes, find, arrest, prosecute the a-hole for assault + robbery. I assume that he was caught on at least 1 camera.
Even if they do find him the new DA will have him back out on the street committing more assaults and robberies the next day.