Police are searching for a man who they say brutally beat an employee at a local Chinese restaurant during a home invasion and robbery in Philadelphia.
Police say the unidentified man entered an apartment above the Eagle’s Corner Chinese Food store on the 6200 block of Spruce Street Tuesday at 4:38 a.m. Once inside, the suspect approached a 61-year-old cook at the restaurant who was sleeping at the time. He then began to beat the employee with an aluminum baseball bat and wire cutter, according to investigators. While police said only one person was involved in the attack, the employee claimed there were two.
“My employee, he told me there were two guys,” said John Zhang, the co-owner of Eagle’s Corner.
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The victim said the attack lasted for 40 minutes. At least one of the suspects then forced his way inside the restaurant, causing major damage, and stole $8,000 from two of the registers before fleeing the scene, according to Zhang. Zhang told NBC10 the cook called him moments after the assault.
“He was very weak,” Zhang said. “When I saw his phone number I knew something happened.”
Zhang says his cook was on the floor in a pool of blood when he arrived. He was taken to the hospital where he is currently in guarded condition. Police say he suffered a fractured skull and broken ribs.
While the victim said he was attacked by two suspects, police only released a description of one, a 20-year-old man who they say was wearing a zip-up hooded jacket with the “Nike” logo on the upper left chest and cargo pants.
If you have any information on the incident, please call Philadelphia Police.