Now, he worries how he’ll make ends meet during his recovery.

JERSEY CITY — An employee of a popular bagel shop worries about his future after a mugging left him with injuries he says will keep him from working for at least a month.

The Jersey City resident, who works the early shift at Wonder Bagels on Danforth Avenue, was beaten by three men and robbed of bike while he was riding to work on the morning of Aug. 31 in Jersey City.

Now, he worries how he’ll make ends meet during his recovery.

“I don’t know when I’ll feel well enough to work. I have so many expenses,” the man said in Arabic, his native language.

The man, who asked not to be named out of fear of being attacked again, is originally from Egypt. He came to the U.S. two years ago, hoping to provide a better life for his family — which remains in Egypt, he said.

“I came here to live in a better country,” he said. “I’m saddened that I left my country and family to experience this here.

“I’m afraid to even go outside now,” he added.

The Wonder Bagels employee was riding his bike to work around 5 a.m. when the three assailants — whom he didn’t know — ran up to him near West Side and Culver avenues, kicked his bike and knocked him to the ground, he said.

They beat him before fleeing with his bike, he added.

Police reported to the scene and followed up with the victim several days later, Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said. No arrests have been made.

“When I saw them coming at me, I got scared,” the man recalled.

The attack left him with a dislocated shoulder, broken collarbone and a severe injury to his lungs, he said.

“I felt my shoulder dislocate. It was as if my arm was in one place and my body was in another,” he said.

The Wonder Bagels employee spent six days in the hospital. His lung injury was the most serious and kept him from breathing properly.

“They wouldn’t let me leave the hospital until my lungs were OK,” he said, adding that breathing is still an issue.

But the man has another problem: money.

“I left my family in Egypt, my wife and two boys, and they depend on me,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do about money.”

The man said he wasn’t targeted because …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News


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He came from Egypt for a better life, but brutal mugging has him worrying about future

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