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    Sanitation Workers Help Queens Robbery Victim: Police

    Two sanitation workers picking up recycling materials in New York spotted something shocking early Saturday morning: a bloodied man running from his house with his hands tied. Michael George reports. (Published Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015)

    Two sanitation workers picking up recycling materials in New York spotted something shocking early Saturday morning: a bloodied man running from his house with his hands tied.

    The man was being treated by paramedics, who were at the home with police and investigators Saturday afternoon.

    The 76-year-old man was inside his home on 101st Street in Jamaica, Queens, when one of three robbers entered just after 6 a.m., police said. The suspect used a ladder to get into the house through a second-floor window. He then entered the victim's bedroom and tied his hands and feet before pistol-whipping him, police said.

    Two other suspects — a man and a woman — then entered the home. They stole a television, cell phone and a wallet with $20 in it, police said. The three suspects then ran from the area.

    A short time later, two sanitation workers saw the bloodied victim running from his house. The two workers, Michael Bermudez, 35, and Joseph Felicetti, 34, untied the man and called police.

    He was taken to Jamaica Hospital. His condition was not immediately known, although he appeared to be suffering from wounds to his face in video shot at the scene.

    "It should be safe in this area because the precinct is right here," neighbor Jasmine Amado said. "I know the man, my kids know him. He's a nice guy."

    No arrests have been reported in the case.