New York City police officers were still searching Tuesday night for two men who pulled off an afternoon jewelry heist and pistol-whipped one of four victims in the Diamond District.

Investigators were in search of two black men, one between the ages of 30 and 40, and the other believed to be 40 to 50. One of the individuals is believed to be six feet tall. The other suspect’s height was unknown.
At 2:30 p.m., the pair entered 23 West 47th Street and made their way to the eighth floor to Watch Standard Jewelry Store. One of the alleged robbers was carrying a firearm, according to a NYPD spokesman. It is not known when they were buzzed into the building.

The perpetrators stole an unknown amount of watches, jewelry and cash. One of them pistol whipped one of four victims who were in Watch Standard Jewelry Store at the time of the robbery. Other than lacerations suffered from that, there were no other reported injuries, according to police.

The incident forced the closure of the Diamond District, the block of West 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, for a period Tuesday afternoon, as the search continued. Close to 90 percent of the diamonds that enter the U.S. go through the Diamond District, where more than 2,600 independent jewelers are based on that one block of West 47th Street, according to the Diamond District’s Web site.

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