A gourmet ice cream store thief bashed a cashier in the head with a rock during a robbery in the East Village — in an assault caught on video, police said Friday.
The violent robbery happened around 8 p.m. on Jan. 20, when the man walked into Van Leeuwen Ice Cream at 432 3rd Ave. and demanded money, according to cops.
The new surveillance clip, released by cops, shows the robber pulling a rock from his bag, winding up and cracking the 23-year-old working the counter in the head.
It was unclear what the rock-wielding bandit grabbed from the storage room before running off, cops said.
The female cashier was treated for a concussion at NYU Medical Center, cops said.
Police believe the same bandit was connected to three other robberies in Manhattan over the last month.