Manhattan Duane Reade robber attacks workers with bike lock chain

The NYPD is searching for a man who robbed a Duane Reade in the Chelsea section of Manhattan and then returned to attack two workers at the store with a bike lock chain.

On May 31 at about 1:40 p.m., the man went into the store at 777 6th Avenue and left without paying for approximately $1,745 worth of merchandise, said police. Before walking it out, the man threatened to harm the employees behind the counter.

About 10 minutes later, he came back with the large chain, went behind the counter, and swung it, hitting a 42-year-old woman and a 60-year-old woman.

The suspect took off from the store. The victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital with cuts and swelling.

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Police describe the man as dark-skinned, approximately 42 to 47 years of age, 5 feet 11 inches tall, and 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark blue jeans, white sneakers, and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or on Twitter @NYPDTips.