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Owner of famed NYC candy shop brutally assaulted outside store

The 90-year-old owner of famed Ray’s Candy Store was brutally assaulted outside his East Village shop — leaving him with a black eye and a nasty cut on his face, police and reports said Thursday.

Ray Alvarez was randomly attacked around 3 a.m. Tuesday by a stranger who asked him if he wanted to buy a package he was carrying, cops said.

When Alvarez asked what was inside the box, the perp handed it off to another man — and threatened to kill the owner, police said.

He then attacked the elderly owner using a belt that had a heavy rock affixed to the end, hitting him on the left side of the head, according to cops. The victim did not seek medical treatment.

Local blog EV Grieve posted a photo of Alvarez, who has run the shop for 50 years, with a black eye and gash on his temple.

Ray Alvarez
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Ray’s Candy Store is a 24-hour shop that has been open since 1974 at 113 Avenue A.

Police released a surveillance image of a man wanted in the attack, showing him dressed all in black and pushing a purple shopping cart filled with random items.

Someone accosted a 90-year-old Manhattan candy store legend after soliciting him on the street earlier this week, threatening to kill him and beating him bloody outside the East Village shop he has run the last 50 years, police say.