2 suspects identified in street vendor beating

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Police have identified two of five men wanted for the brutal beating of a Bronx street vendor.

Police say Enrique Foote pictured wearing a black colored shirt in his mugshot and William Burgess pictured wearing a gray colored shirt allegedly punched the vendor multiple times, knocking him to the ground and fracturing his skull.

The mob of five beat down a street vendor at East 149th Street and Third Avenue Tuesday after a failed attempt to shoplift from his stand, police say.

Before the attack, one of the assailants allegedly tried to steal a purse. Police say the vendor stopped him. Then the would-be thief allegedly said he would come back.

Later in the day, he returned with at least four other people including Foote and Burgess, police say. Cellphone video shows the group attacking the vendor.

The man who recorded the video says he could hear the victim's head cracking onto concrete from across the street. Police say the attackers fractured his skull and caused bleeding in his brain. He remains at Lincoln Hospital.

Witnesses say the victim is well-known in the community and has worked the same street corner for at least 10 years. Police have not released his name, but the African Advisory Council and Third Avenue BID are identifying him as Souleymane Porgo, a 53-year-old immigrant from Burkina Faso.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. 

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