A wheelchair-bound double-amputee was tortured with a hot butter knife by a pair of home invaders – one posing as a NYCHA worker — who demanded to know where he kept cash in his Manhattan apartment, police sources said Thursday.
The 73-year-old victim was watching TV with his home attendant inside his apartment at NYCHA’s Vladeck Houses on the Lower East Side when there was a knock at the door around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, sources said.
The man at the door claimed he worked for the Housing Authority so the victim opened up — and the brute, wearing a knit hat and two-tone jacket, stormed his way inside, brandishing a silver firearm.
The crook took the attendant’s cell phone, led her to the bathroom and ordered the 70-year-old woman, “Stay there. Don’t say anything.”
A second suspect wearing all black arrived and took the disabled victim to his room, put him face down on the bed and covered his head with a sheet, sources said.
The two thugs then raided the apartment but were unable to find any money — so one of them heated up a butter knife and they burned the victim on his knees, insisting he give up cash.
The victim finally relented and told the thieves that they could find $300 on a table under a pile of used envelopes. The robbers grabbed the money and took off.
Cops were called and medics rushed the victim to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital for low blood pressure and two burn marks to his left knee, sources said. He was in stable condition.
The home attendant was not injured.
The NYPD released images of a man wanted for questioning in connection to the crime. Authorities described the person as about 30 years old, roughly 5 feet 9 inches tall, and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black skullcap, a North Face two-tone coat with stars, blue jeans and black sneakers.