Man punches female store worker, 60, after arguing over price of sandwich

One of two young men who went into a Southwest Philadelphia corner deli last week repeatedly punched a 60-year-old female employee after the men complained about the price of a sandwich,  police said.

The attack occurred about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Daylight Deli, 7001 Elmwood Avenue. A store surveillance video, released by police Wednesday, shows the two men inside the store speaking to an employee, who is behind a glass security window.

After the men complained about the price of a sandwich, police said, the video shows one of them squirting what looks like orange liquid from a drink bottle in his hand through an opening in the glass window.

After the female employee came out into the lobby and confronted the man, the man pushed her to the ground, then repeatedly punched her after she got up, the video shows. Both men then left the store. The female employee sustained bruising and swelling to the left side of her face, police said.

Police are seeking the public's help identifying these men. Both were black and about 20 years old. The man who threw the punches was described as having a mustache and goatee, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, dark colored vest and dark colored pants. His companion had braids in his hair and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with dark-colored pants.

Anyone with information about them is asked to contact Detective McDermott at the Southwest Detective Division at 215-686-3183 or -3184, or call the police tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted online. Tipsters can remain anonymous.