VIDEO: Duo sought in robberies at SI stores where employees were punched in the face


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police are looking to identify a man and woman who are wanted in connection to two robberies that occurred earlier this month on Staten Island.

According to officials, at approximately 10:45 a.m. on January 8, a man removed eight facial moisturizers from a shelf inside of a CVS Pharmacy located 1361 Hylan Boulevard and tried to walk out of the store without paying for them.

The suspect then punched a 34-year-old male employee in the face who tried to prevent him from leaving before running out of the store with the property, authorities said.

A short time later, at approximately 12:20 p.m., the man and an unidentified woman walked intoK and K Deli and Grocery at 1150 Hylan Boulevard.

The duo walked behind the deli's counter where police said the man punched a 29-year-old male employee in the face.

After a brief physical struggle, the woman brandished a knife and the pair removed $1,800 from the cash register, officials said.

Both fled the scene on foot and were last seen entering 147 Norway Avenue.

The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by EMS.

The man is described as a male, Hispanic, approximately 35 years old, 5'10".

He was last seen wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, a blue and white coat, black pants and black sneakers.

The woman is described as a female, Hispanic, approximately 35 years old, 5'4" who was last seen wearing a black knit hat, a red coat blue jeans and brown boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).