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NEW YORK, NY- It was a workday like any other for Khalid Mehmood: Pack a lunch and grab his briefcase, out the door by 4.15 am and off to the downtown subway.
And then his routine witnessed a sudden turn of events–a brutal pre-dawn Bronx beating and robbery. The Pakistani immigrant was nearly killed on November 29 for $6 in cash and a MetroCard.
Mehmood, 64, remained hospitalized for four days after his cruel attacker left the Penn Station newsstand employee with a massive head wound, multiple facial fractures and bleeding on the brain.
The Bronx resident was initially placed on life support after a passerby found him bleeding and disoriented on the street minutes after the assault that happened during his three-minute stroll to the No. 6 train.
His wallet and briefcase were missing, along with his cash, his MetroCard and his typical bag lunch of two boiled eggs.
According to the police, Mehmood was gasping for breath and was not able to describe the attacker who remained on the lam three days later.
The victim and his wife, Rukhsana, have been married 30 years. They moved to the Bronx in 1989 after he lost a job with the railroad. Mehmood took his job at Penn Station that same year.
Family members became worried when the reliable Mehmood never appeared at his job of 28 years and failed to come home at his usual time of 6 pm.
Co-workers confirmed Mehmood never showed up, and then family members heard worshippers were praying at the mosque near their home for a man who was beaten early on November 29.