NEW YORK — A Bronx deli worker harmed in a brutal attack with avocados and bananas last month is speaking out for the first time exclusively to CBS New York.
Amr Alzabidi still has a dim and distended eye, but that only starts to tell of the, which was held on notice video. He was one of two workers behind the opposite at the Stadium Gourmet Deli on 161st Street in the Concourse territory of the Bronx patrol in New York City on May 29.
Video shows the workers quiver and defense their faces as two suspects allegedly grabbed from a raise of maturing avocados and started pelting them with the produce, all due to a mixed-up food order.
Alzabidi was hit so tough his jaw was broken and face fractured.
“It’s as terrible as it could be,” Alzabidi told CBS New York.
Alzabidi pronounced the two suspects came in with 4 others and tried to sequence food from an employee who didn’t pronounce English and was deaf in one ear.
Alzabidi says he tried to explain that to the men and support with their order, but that things got nauseous and tempers flared. Alzabidi pronounced he called 911 and asked the men to leave and they did, and then two returned.
“I was trying to help them and the man felt we was being spiteful for some reason,” Alzabidi said.
That’s when the men started hurling avocados and bananas at Alzabidi. Alzabidi can be seen on the notice video, yet his face is blurred, trying to cover up and strengthen himself. That’s the last thing he remembers.
“I was just knocked out,” Alzabidi said. “I was out of consciousness.”
Alzabidi was badly injured; he suffered a fractured orbital hollow that left him blind in his left eye for a week. He now has confused vision, which he says may be an issue for the rest of his life.
“It’s horrible. It’s a crime,” Alzabidi said.
The NYPD are doubt Brad Gomez, 28. He faces attack charges.
Sources contend Gomez was going to spin himself in at 9 a.m. but did not. Instead he was picked at his chateau on Gerard Avenue. He is now being questioned.
Gomez had zero to contend to reporters when he arrived at the 44th precinct.
The other think is still out there.