By Andrew Wroblewski
Northport and Suffolk police are searching for three men they say assaulted and attempted to rob a pizza delivery man in Northport last week.
At around 8:05 p.m. Friday, a male employee of Nina's Pizzeria at 487 Main St. was walking back to the store after delivering a pizza a few blocks away, Northport Village Police Chief Bill Ricca said Tuesday. As the 38-year-old delivery man was walking, a vehicle approached him from behind and three men knocked him to the ground in front of the Visiting Nurse Services & Hospice of Suffolk at 505 Main St.
“He said they were on him pretty quick,” Ricca said.
Chief added that the suspects – which were described to police as black, between 18-22 years old and wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts – repeatedly kicked and punched the victim while “rifling through all his pockets.”
“But they didn’t get to the last pocket where he had his money and his phone,” Ricca said.
When another car approached the scene, the suspects fled in a black late-model, two-door hatchback Honda that had tinted window and taillights, a loud muffler and was like a standard shift transmission, police said.
“Because of the uniqueness of the car, we’re hoping we might get lucky” in identifying the suspects, Ricca said.
The victim was “beat up pretty good,” but did not require medical attention, Ricca said.
When asked if this crime is suspected to be gang related, Ricca said police are “exploring all possibilities,” but added that he does not believe this was a targeted attack.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Northport Police Department at 631-261-7500.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.