Police search for attacker who allegedly used anti-gay slurs during NYC subway attack
The NYPD released video of the March 19 incident.
Police are looking for a suspect in an assault on a New York City subway train that is being investigated for a hate crime after the attacker allegedly used an anti-gay slur.
The New York Police Department recently broadcast video and images of the attack, which she says happened March 19 on an Uptown A train in Manhattan.
The assailant approached the 22-year-old male victim on the train as it approached the 190th Street subway station around 2:22 p.m., police said.
“The unidentified individual sat across from the victim and said ‘I wish I had my pepper spray’ before spitting on him,” the NYPD said in a statement.
The suspect then allegedly said, “I need to start wearing my pepper spray” before spitting on the victim again, police said.
When the victim got up, the assailant “charged” him and “grabbed him by the hair before punching him several times in the face and head,” police said.
Apparently cellphone video of the attack released by police showed the attacker punching the victim on the moving train.
“The assailant then pulled the hair from the victim’s head and said, ‘I’m sick of f— you,'” police said.
The victim was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition with cuts to the head, the NYPD said. He also lost hair in the attack.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.
Police are also looking for a suspect in a separate subway attack occurred Wednesday afternoon at a Manhattan train station. The suspect lacerated a 47-year-old man in the arm before fleeing from Wall Street 2 station, police said.
The city has increased police presence on the subway in an effort to reduce crime in the transit system since Mayor Eric Adams took office earlier this year. The murder of Michelle Go, 40, who died after an unknown person pushed her in front of an oncoming train, has drawn more attention to subway safety concerns.
“While we are by no means out of the woods and there is a lot of progress to be made in metro safety, I just want to acknowledge that the work has begun,” said the president and CEO of MTA, Janno Lieber, during an MTA. board of directors on Wednesday. “Serious efforts are underway.”
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org.