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Elderly NYC jeweler clings to life after being brutally beaten by arrogant thieves

An elderly Brooklyn jeweler has been sent to intensive care after a pair of brazen thieves assaulted him before robbing his six-figure merchandise store — as his family denounced the criminals’ “golden ticket” to wreak havoc in New York City on Wednesday.

Manny Cohen, 79, was closing the Roxy jewelry store on Flatbush Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Dec. 30 when two men burst inside and beat him to a pulp.

Speaking to The Post on Wednesday, Cohen’s son Sean described the horror of learning what happened to his father after he didn’t return home for Friday dinner.

“[My father] didn’t return his phone calls and that prompted me to check the cameras,” said Sean Cohen.

“As soon as I rolled the camera back, I saw that he was being robbed… I saw that they had beaten my father to death.”

Manny Cohen has been in intensive care since Friday.
Manny Cohen has been in intensive care since Friday.
WNBC / Sean Cohen

Surveillance footage showed the sick thieves trying to hide his father’s body under the floor before spending more than 20 minutes stuffing it with jewelry, Cohen said.

The couple escaped with more than $100,000 worth of goods, who on Sunday released an image of the suspects who are still at large, according to the NYPD.

Days later, the elderly shop owner remains in intensive care with a severe head injury, according to his son. His prognosis is still unclear.

“They did everything with the intent to kill the 79-year-old,” Cohen said of the thieves.

Two suspects remain at large.
Two suspects remain at large.
Cohen's prognosis remains unclear.
Cohen’s prognosis remains unclear.
Contributed by Sean Cohen

He also shared that his father, who has been managing Roxy jewelry for 25 years, had to think last month when someone threw a rock at him while he was helping a customer.

“From the description of that time, we believe that the same people carried out the second attack,” he said.

Surveillance footage shows the thieves spent 20 minutes pocketing the jewels.
Surveillance footage shows the thieves spent 20 minutes pocketing the jewels.
Contributed by Sean Cohen

When asked if he had confidence in law enforcement’s ability to apprehend the attackers, Cohen said he believed the perpetrators would be caught, but had “zero confidence” in the city’s ability to keep them off the streets.

“In order to do that, he needs to feel confident enough and brave enough to make such an attack,” he told The Post.

“[Criminals] have a golden ticket [from the prosecutor’s office] to carry out similar attacks in New York.”

Cohen's son Sean told The Post that criminals have "golden ticket" in NYC.
Cohen’s son Sean told The Post that criminals have a “golden ticket” in New York.

News of Cohen’s vicious attack came shortly after year-end statistics showed violent crime and robberies in the Big Apple skyrocketed in 2022.

While Mayor Eric Adams praised progress in public safety, critics pointed the finger at the state’s sluggish criminal justice reforms that encourage criminals.

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