Two men attacked victims Wednesday in Bethpage and Levittown about 40 minutes apart, according to Nassau County police. The men approached their victims to ask for a cellphone and cash and then punched them when they didn't get what they want, police said Thursday. Newsday's Steve Langford reports. Credit: Reece T. Williams; Photo Credit: NCPD/Newsday

Detectives are searching for two men who attacked victims Wednesday in Bethpage and Levittown, approaching one for a cellphone and the other for cash — then punching them when they didn't get what they wanted, police said.

Nassau County police said the two assaults occurred about 40 minutes apart.

In the first incident, which took place in the parking lot of a TD Bank branch on Stewart Avenue in Bethpage at about 9:30 a.m., police said the two suspects approached a 28-year-old man, and requested to use his cellphone or phone charger. When the man refused, police said one suspect "struck him in the left eye" and attempted to pull the victim from his car. Police said the victim was able to remain in the car, but still was struck "multiple times."

The suspects then fled and the victim was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.

The second incident occurred at about 10:10 a.m., about 1.2 miles away outside the Best Buy store on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, police said.

In that incident, police said two suspects, matching the description of the pair in the first incident, approached a 67-year-old man and asked him for money. Police said he complied.

Then, police said, the pair demanded more cash. When the man was unable to hand over more money, police said he was "punched in the face causing a laceration to his cheek" and then was thrown to the ground.

The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment, police said.

The suspects fled, police said.

Police are now asking for the public's assistance in locating the pair of suspects, each believed to be about 20 years old.

Both wore dark-colored hooded sweatshirts. One wore dark pants and black and red shoes or sneakers while carrying a black and white backpack. The other wore light-colored bluejeans and dark sneakers, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports. Credit: Newsday Staff

'Why am I giving up my Friday night to listen to this?' A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports.

A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports. Credit: Newsday Staff

'Why am I giving up my Friday night to listen to this?' A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports.

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