A Nyack gas station attendant was attacked and beaten early this morning by two young men who became unruly in the Route 9W station's convenience store and were being escorted out, according to Orangetown Police.
One of the accused attackers was captured a few blocks away in a police chase and the second one was arrested when he returned to the gas station a short time after the attack.
Malik Taylor, 18, of 38 S. Broadway, Nyack, was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and Ahmed Askey, 17, of 156 First Ave., Mount Vernon, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
Police said the incident began at 1:13 a.m. when a 34-year-old clerk at the Shell station, 45 N. Highland Ave. (Route 9W) asked Taylor and Askey to leave the convenience store because they were being unruly. As the clerk was escorting the two to the door, police said Taylor and Askey jumped the clerk at beat him.
Just as the attack began, an Orangetown town officer spotted the attack and intervened. The town officer called for assistance and then began a foot chase of Malik.
Police said Malik was stopped and arrested along a fence line between Catherine Street and Main Street. While making the arrest, police said they found a steak knife in Malik's coat pocket.
As police and emergency medical personnel were attending to the victim, police said Askey returned to the gas station and was arrested after he was identified by the victim.
The victim sustained swelling, bruising, discomfort and pain in the head an face areas.
Malik and Askey were later released by police pending a Nyack VIllage Court hearing on Jan. 22, 2013.