- Nic F. Anderson
Man Caught on Video Assaulting Subway Rider; NYPD Offer Monetary Away For Tips Leading to Arrest
A man was caught on video ripping out a subway rider’s hair, punching the victim’s face and head, yelling a homophobic slurs and allegedly spitting on the victim.
The video footage shows the man jumping on the rider, pulling his hair and shouting, “I’m sick of all you f**s” and added that he wished he “brought pepper spray” around 2:30 p.m. on March 19.
“The suspect began spitting at a 22 Y/O male before attacking him & ripping out his hair while making anti-gay remarks,” the New York Police Department Crime Stoppers tweeted on Wednesday.
According to the police department, the victim stood up and attempted to move away but the man “charged” and “grabbed him by the hair before punching him several times in the face and the head.”
The victim was transported to a local hospital with cuts on his head but in stable condition.
The man’s identity is unknown and remains at large.
The police department is offering a $3,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, launched the Subway Safety Plan in February which added 1,000 police officers within the subway system to “enforce the MTA’s code of conduct.” However, the Subway Safety Plan is directed to homeless people and people who sleep on the subway. It has been reported to be an attempt to displace homeless people.
Despite the increased police presence, crimes have continued to increase on the subway system.
The video is graphic. Viewer discretion advised.
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