Caught On Camera: NYC Sanitation Workers Attacked On The Job In Brooklyn

New York City sanitation workers were attacked on the job in Brooklyn. Police are now searching for the suspects, who were caught on video; CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis reports.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: Caught on camera, city sanitation workers attacked on the job in Brooklyn. Welcome back here at 5:30, I'm Maurice DuBois.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: And I'm Kristine Johnson. The ambush assault happened during an overnight shift in East New York.

MAURICE DUBOIS: Now police are searching for the suspects who were caught on video, and CBS2's News Janet DeAngelis has the story.

JENNA DEANGELIS: During a normal sanitation route, two uniformed workers were met with violence. Surveillance cameras captured three men attacking the sanitation workers-- one throwing a punch, another charging toward them with a baseball bat, striking a worker.

This happened Wednesday morning around 1:40 while the two men, in their 40s, were on Milford Street near Pitkin Avenue picking up trash.

LLOYD NELSON: Very surprised. The guy was doing his job and then I saw they rush him with two baseball bats and start to beat up on him.

JENNA DEANGELIS: Lloyd Nelson works nearby and can't believe this happened here.

LLOYD NELSON: I don't know where it started from, but what I saw, it could be easily avoided. We just all have to be careful. Just be careful and respect each other.

JENNA DEANGELIS: According to police, the sanitation workers got an argument with two women who were upset their Uber couldn't pass the sanitation truck. The women allegedly then called friends who showed up and attacked.

We're told when the men confronted the workers, one said, quote, "Yo, what did you say to my girl?" Along with a baseball bat, police say the suspects were armed with a golf club and a knife. Investigators say the men grabbed one of the worker's cell phones and took off in a red Chrysler 300, driven by a fourth person.

In a statement, the Department of Sanitation said, "Sanitation workers have an incredibly difficult job, working day and night to keep New York City clean and safe." It's encouraging anyone with information about this attack on two city essential workers to come forward.

In East New York, Jenna DeAngelis, CBS2 News.

MAURICE DUBOIS: The workers were taken to the hospital as a precaution. They were treated and later released, and we are told they are doing OK.