PATERSON, NJ - A 78-year-old city man walking on 17th Avenue on his way to work was jumped from behind and beaten by two robbers at 5 am on Monday, police said.

One of the suspects hit the elderly man in the chest, head and face with a metal object that may have been a pipe, said Lt. Richard Reyes. The victim suffered lacerations on his head and near his left eye, Reyes said. The man took a taxi to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center where he stayed overnight while he was treated for his injuries and was released the next day, police said.

The victim, who lived in the neighborhood, was walking on 17th Avenue near the corner of E. 25th Street when he heard someone coming up behind him, police said. That's when he was attacked by two men, whom he described as black males in their 20s, both about 5-feet eight-inches tall and wearing dark clothes and ski masks.

During the attack, one of the suspects reached into the victim's pocket and took $20 from him, Reyes said.