Cops bust would-be thief who allegedly bashed ice cream shop worker in the face

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Cops have busted a would-be thief who allegedly bashed an East Village ice cream shop worker with a rock in January, authorities said. 

Luis DeLeon, 50, who told police he lives at the Kixby Hotel on West 35th Street, which houses the homeless, was arrested Wednesday in connection to the cold-hearted attack at Van Leeuwen Ice Cream at 432 Third Ave, cops said. 

DeLeon walked into the shop around 8 p.m. on Jan. 20 and placed an ice cream order, according to cops.

When the 23-year-old employee looked away, DeLeon allegedly pulled a rock from his bag and chucked it at her head, while demanding money.

He fled empty-handed, cops said.

The female cashier was treated for a concussion at NYU Medical Center, cops added.

Police say DeLeon was arrested in connection to six other incidents.

A week earlier, on Jan. 13, the bandit robbed another Manhattan ice-cream shop — Kaylee’s Creamery at 115 E. 27th Street — just after 8 p.m., making off with about $400, according to police.

Minutes before that incident, police say he entered someone’s car on Third Avenue near East 30th Street and bizarrely stole an assortment of paperwork and pictures.

In two other incidents, DeLeon stole women’s purses from inside Midtown businesses, on Jan. 7 and Dec. 27, according to cops.

On Jan. 5, he stole $1,010 from someone’s bags that they had left to be brought into the Moxy Hotel on West 36th Street near Seventh Avenue, police said. 

And on Jan. 2, he allegedly punched a 48-year-old man inside the Kixby Hotel and swiped $1,200 from a drawer.

He has been charged with grand larceny, robbery and petit larceny, police said.

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