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Man punches and spits on subway rider, then flees train at Queens Plaza station

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Oct. 8, 2015 Staff Report

Police are searching for a man who allegedly punched and spat on a subway rider on the E-train last month.

The 55-year-old victim was riding the south bound E train when he took out his cell phone and began recording a group of street performers on the subway.

The suspect then approached the victim and told him to stop recording him. He then punched the victim in the face, causing a laceration to the victim’s upper lip, and spat on him, according to the NYPD.

The suspect then fled the subway at the Queens Plaza station.

The incident occurred on September 24th at 1:45 pm.

Police describe the suspect as a male, black, between 18 and 25 years old. He is 5’8” to 5’10” and approximately 160 pounds with black hair, brown eyes, and a thin build.

He was last seen wearing a black and red Chicago Bulls baseball cap, white t-shirt, black sweatpants and red sneakers.

The NYPD released a photo of the suspect, captured by the victim.

Police are asking for anyone with any information to call 1-800-577-TIPS.

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Anonymous visitor

I actually saw them perform a couple days ago and two people were filming them. This story is bogus. Yes they are annoying but I never seen them get violent with people. The old man must have provoked them.

Joe at the Berkley

These so called “street performers” are actually engaging in an act of intimidation. They’re not looking to entertain they use fear and intimidation to extort passengers. People pay them to go away. How cute.


Street performers are engaging in intimidation? Lol really? I have been taking the trains since I was a scrawny Freshman 13 years old and the last people I found to be intimidating were the performers.. Don’t be a wuss man.


I’m surprised to see the article mentions the perpetrator’s race, it seems that many news outlets don’t list the race anymore in their stories, political correctness or something.


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