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Back bruiser

A 21-year-old man was dragged to the ground and beaten for his backpack on Eighth Avenue on March 14.

The victim said he was near 68th Street just before 5 am when an unidentified man ran up behind him, grabbed him by the backpack and pulled him to the ground.

The thug was joined by three accomplices, one of whom had a gun, police said.

The victim said that the thieves beat him before making off with his backpack, but not before having the audacity to ask if he had anything else of value on him.

A witness told police that “two gunshots” were fired off into the air as the suspects made their escape.

The thieves may have scored the backpack, but they didn’t get much: the only thing in the bag were some books, an assortment of clothing and badminton birdies.

Where: Eighth Avenue and 68th Street
Updated Mar. 16, 2010
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