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‘They’re like animals:’ 2 suspects brutally beat, rob 19-year-old in Williamsbridge

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A man was violently attacked and robbed by two suspects in Williamsbridge.

Police say the attack took place on Burke and Matthews avenues on Jan. 20 around 7 p.m.

They say the suspects, caught on surveillance video, grabbed the suspect from behind, put him in a chokehold and slammed him to the ground.

They say the 19-year-old victim was knocked out after hitting the pavement.

However, investigators say the suspects didn't stop there. They say the two men continued to pummel the unconscious teen with punches and kicks as he lay on the ground. Investigators say the suspects made off with the victim's cellphone and an undetermined amount of cash.

One of the suspects was last seen wearing a blue coat with a fur-lined hood, black jeans and black and white sneakers.

The other suspect was seen wearing a black coat with a fur-lined hood, a dark-colored hoodie, gray pants and black and white sneakers.

Police say that 19-year-old victim suffered facial fractures, bleeding on the brain and lacerations to the head.

News 12 spoke exclusively with the brother of the victim who vividly remembers the night of Jan. 20.

"We were calling him, his phone was off, they turned his phone off, and then the police came to my house," says the brother, who for safety reasons did not release his name.

The victim was supposed to return home from his new job, but never did.

Customers of H and M Deli, where the victim used to work, told News 12 they could barely recognize the teen because of his wounds. The deli employees say this should not have happened, especially to him.

"He's a good kid. He has no problems with nobody so when he was here, we had no complaints," says deli employee Khalid Ahmid.

The victim's family, originally from Yemen, wants the attackers caught so the Bronx Community College student, who's now awake, can continue following his dream of becoming a doctor.

"I hope they catch them and they go to jail, that's their place, they're like animals," the brother tells News 12.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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