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Nassau cops: Reward offered in attack on teens in Burger King

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of five apparent teenage assailants captured on video surveillance delivering a “vicious, unprovoked” beating to two other teens inside a Valley Stream Burger King last month, police said Tuesday.

Both 16-year-old boy victims were hospitalized following the Aug. 22 attack at the fast-food restaurant on Merrick Road about 5 p.m., Nassau County Police said. One was knocked unconscious and had to have a cut on his head closed with staples, police said.

The other victim required multiple stitches to close a cut above his eye, police said.

“It was a vicious, unprovoked attack,” Det. Maureen Roach said Tuesday.

Three teens, including the two victims, were inside the Burger King when the group of five males and two females — who also appeared to be in their teens — knocked on the restaurant’s glass window from outside and asked the trio to open an exit door to let them in, Roach said.

The two groups did not know each other, she said.

The teens inside refused and told the group to enter through the front door, Roach said.

“They didn’t want to open the door — it’s an exit only. They were just trying to do the right thing and say, ‘Go around to the front,’ ” said Roach.

The group of seven eventually went through the front entrance and came back to where the three teens were sitting and began beating them, Roach said. One of the teens was only struck once and not injured.

The video of the assault showed the other two victims being punched and pushed to the floor by three males on one side of a long dining counter and another person attacked on the other side by two males.

One attacker could be seen stomping on a victim knocked to the floor. Attempts by one girl to pull away an attacker were futile, the video showed.

Roach said neither of the females appeared to deliver any blows in the video, but detectives are still investigating.

The attackers ran out of the store, as other patrons and store employees came to the victims’ aid and called 911.

Nassau County Crime Stoppers, which is offering the reward of up to $5,000, is asking anyone who can help police identify the suspects to call 1-800-244-8477.

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