Police said that a man attacked a woman from behind at a New York City subway Station. He beat her with a hammer.
Authorities said that the woman, which the police didn't identify, was at Queens Plaza subway station at 11:20 p.m. When a man approached her and kicked her down, she fell.
Police said that the suspect then used a hammer to strike the victim repeatedly on the head, before taking her purse." "The suspect fled the scene by foot, heading southbound on Queens Plaza South."
Authorities said that the woman, aged 57, had suffered a fractured skull as well as lacerations to her head. In critical condition, she was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital.
As of Friday morning, no arrests had been made. According to the New York City Police Department, they are still looking for the suspect. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, black mask, and was carrying a cane.
The attack was captured on disturbing video that was released by the police department. After beating the woman, the suspect can be seen on the video climbing up the steps towards the street.
According to NYPD Crime Stoppers, there is a reward of up to $3500 for information.
Recent attacks on the subway system in New York City have been. New York Governor Eric Adams and Mayor Eric Adams Kathy Hochul recently presented a new plan for combating violence on public transit.
Additionally, the city's transit chief announced that doors or barriers would be installed on certain subway platforms. Teams of officers and mental workers will also be deployed to remove homeless persons from stations and "get rid of disorderly behavior" such as drug abuse.
Adams stated at a Fulton Street subway station news conference that most unhoused people are safe. Adams stated that because of the pandemic more people have untreated mental and medical issues and are therefore dangerous to themselves as well as the public.