NYPD officers are on the hunt for a smiling thug who punched a man repeatedly until his victim fell unconscious on a subway platform in the latest crime to impact the Big Apple’s beleaguered and crime ridden mass transit system.
According to a press release from the police, the victim, 45, was waiting for a train at the 179th Street station in the Jamaica section of Queens when he became the latest victim of a random vicious assault on public transport.
The unnamed suspect attacked his victim seemingly at random. After knocking the man down, the suspect continued to punch and kick him until the he fell unconscious.
The injured man was rushed to a local hospital where he was in stable condition. The incident occurred on October 21. Authorities are releasing images of the smiling assailant in the hopes that a member of the public can identify him.
The smiling assailant randomly and viciously attached a 45-year-old man on October 21 at a Queens subway station
After knocking the man down, the suspect continued to punch and kick him until the he fell unconscious, police said
The injured man was rushed to a local hospital where he was in stable condition. The incident occurred on October 21
At the same station as the October attack, a 19-year-old woman was punched by an assailant in June.
Last week, a 28-year-old man had his head split open when he was attacked with a wooden plant by an attacker at the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station.
‘I could barely see, vision was blurry – I was dizzy. I still managed to have some type of consciousness to see around. And he was gone. Disappeared,’ victim Joseph Holder told ABC New York.
In October, a suspect, Sabir Jones, 39, punched and pushed a woman on to the subway tracks at 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
The victim suffered a critical head injury.
Authorities said subway crime in New York City is down overall but it is not consolation to a New Yorker who ‘is just trying to live her life’.
‘The past year we have made tremendous progress on subway crime, crime is 9% down where it was the past year before COVID,’ said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber.
‘But that’s no consolation to the family of this young woman who is fighting for her life in Cornell Hospital.’
‘New Yorkers put up with a lot, what they cant put up with is people randomly coming up to them, which appears to be the case here, and attacking them.’
‘I’m not a mental health professional, but I’m sure that the people who are, have to figure out how to get these people out of the public space and into treatment,’ said Lieber added.
‘When ambitious young people who are just trying to live their lives are subject to random attacks, we can’t put up with it,’ Lieber added.