This is the moment a man launched a vile homophobic attack on an innocent New York City subway passenger.
The attacker, who is still on the run, spat at his 22-year-old victim and ripped his hair out on the northbound A train at West 190 St just before 2.30pm on March 19.
New York City cops have put out an urgent request for information – and are offering a $3,500 reward.
The vicious attacker’s identity remains unclear – and the NYPD is offering $3,500 for info
The broad daylight attack took place after the victim stood up to move, cops said
The man could be heard yelling ‘I’m sick of you f**s’ as terrified passengers looked on
The 22-year-old victim had his hair pulled and was taken to a local hospital with bloody wounds
The vicious attacker was filmed pouncing at the passenger, pulling his hair and yelling ‘I’m sick of all your f**s’ before ruing that he hadn’t brought his pepper spray.
In a tweet the NYPD said: ‘The suspect began spitting at a 22 Y/O male [victim] before attacking him & ripping out his hair while making anti-gay remarks.
‘Any info call us at 800-577-TIPS. Reward up to $3,500’.
The NYPD released a short video of the disgusting incident and two additional images of the perpetrator.
His identity remains unknown.
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The attack started when the attacker sat across from a random passenger and, believing him to be gay, began muttering that he ‘wished he brought [his] pepper spray’ before spitting at him.
This prompted the man to stand up and move, but the assailant ‘charged’ him and ‘grabbed him by the hair before punching him several times in the face and head’, the NYPD said.
‘The perpetrator then ripped hair from the victim’s head and stated “I’m sick of all you f**s”,’ they added.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition and has cuts to his head.
The 22-year-old lost hair during the attack.
It’s just the latest incident of random subway violence, which has spiraled over the past few months.
Mayor Eric Adams announced the Subway Safety Plan to tackle transit violence – but it appears not to have had any significant impact.
New York’s crime wave received renewed attention after 40-year-old Deloitte executive Michelle Go was killed when a homeless ex-con pushed her in front of an oncoming train.
The senseless murder by Simon Martial, 61, came before family members said the schizophrenic man should be kept in a mental hospital.
A scientist who was pushed down a staircase and hit repeatedly with a hammer blamed bail reforms for the ‘wave of horrors’ inflicted on New York in recent weeks.
Nina Rothschild, 58, said she still struggles to walk, is weary of strangers on the street and has no immediate plans to resume using New York City’s crime-plagued subway system.
Suspect William Blount, 57, was arrested days after the February 24 attack and charged with attempted murder, robbery and assault.
It follows half a dozen prior arrests including charges of robbery and criminal possession of a controlled substance, prompting some to ask why Blount was out free in the first place.
Adams has opposed state laws granting cash bail to criminals, but has been unable to convince Democratic colleagues in Albany.
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He said in February: ‘Let’s remove the cash bail system, because one should not be able to get out of jail just because you can pay bail. Let’s take that away.
‘Judges should look at the case in front of them and say, “This person has two gun arrests, and he’s continually saying to the people of the city that I don’t care about the safety of you.”
‘That judge should have the right to make the discretion that this person just be held.’
If you have any relevant information about the A train attack you can also get in touch via the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
Spanish speakers can also call the NYPD hotline 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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