Henry Menahem, Jewelry Store Clerk, Slain in Robbery (Updated, with Video)

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DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, 12:20 p.m.
LOCATION: 962 Madison Ave., Upper East Side, Manhattan.

The police say the robber who killed 71-year-old jewelry store clerk Henry Menahem Wednesday dumped a Fabrege-style egg in the trash as he fled with $1 million in gems and expensive necklaces. Menahem, of Long Branch, N.J., was shot in the chest. He was declared dead at Lenox Hill Hospital.

The jeweled egg was found in a trash bag on the northwest corner of East 73rd Street and Lexington Avenue.

Menahem's funeral was set for today in Ocean, N.J.

The suspect, a light-skinnned African-American man, is about 5-10 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a blue wool coat, grey slacks, black dress shoes, a scarf, sunglasses and black gloves.

The New York Post reported that the suspect entered R.S. Durant Jewelers at lunchtime, brandished a 9 mm pistol and threw two bags at Menahem and a second clerk. They refused to fill the bags.

"You think I'm kidding? This is real," the robber shouted, and then fired one bullet into Menahem's chest. He began filling the bag with jewels himself. The other clerk begged the robber to allow him to call an ambulance, but the robber refused.

Anyone with information in regards to this Homicide can call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

Know anything about this case? Drop us a line at grayman@villagevoice.com.

Update: Here's surveillance video of the suspect.



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