THE BRONX — Police are looking for two men, nicknamed "Tarzan" and "Rebel," who were among a group of five that broke the skull of a street vendor after he stopped one of them from stealing a purse he was selling, officials said Tuesday.
The pair are the only suspects still at large for the brutal attack on Souleymane Porgo, who they beat into a coma in front of his wife and two children in Melrose on May 2, police said.
The NYPD's Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce didn't provide more information about the suspects apart from their nicknames, "Tarzan" and "Rebel."
"I don't make this stuff up, folks," Boyce added.
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Porgo had stopped one of them from stealing a purse he was selling from his table so they attacked him, police said.
Porgo, who suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding in his brain, was in a coma until Friday, Boyce said.
"The great news is that [Porgo] is doing fine. He's out of critical. He's coming around," Boyce said.
Concerned donors raised tens of thousands of dollars for Porgo's medical expenses through online fundraisers.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).