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NYPD: Subway Back Flip Performers Punch Passenger in Face After Argument Erupts

May 28, 2018 By Christian Murray

The police are looking for two men who were doing back flips on an “E” train while it was traveling through Queens, before getting into a dispute with a passenger and punching the victim in the mouth.

The two suspects were doing a back flip performance on the Manhattan-bound train at about 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, when one of the performers kicked a 28-year-old man on the leg during their act.

The victim got into a dispute with the two men before one of them punched him in the mouth. The performers fled in an unknown direction. The victim sustained minor injuries.

The suspects are both described as being between 25 to 28 years of age. One of the men is white, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and 170 pounds, with brown eyes and a brown goatee. He was last seen wearing a black hat, black hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and white shoes.

The second man is described as black, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and approximately 170 pounds. He has long black dreads and a black goatee.

The police have released video of the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

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Top Cop

As former highly decorated NYC transit cop, it sad to hear, issues like this exist from the olden days. Pocket book snatchers on trains dragging passengers for pocketbooks, chain snatches, armed robberies, stabbing and pickpocking were every day occurances.

In general, except for night patrol, transit cops are patrolling 450+ train stations, trying to be gate keepers for endless fare beaters. They likely need more transit cops to address controlling what’s going on the trains, they may need additional transit cops to be assigned under ground. There 4,500 back in the 1980’s and 1990’s pre merge. Another issue back then, some bosses were to afraid to allow cops to do police work, fearful, if something went wrong, they would lose there jobs.


Can’t stand these subway dancers. I thought it was against the law but I see them very often still on the E, 2/3 or 4/5 trains. Guess the MTA nor police want to enforce crimes in the subway since I hardly see them in the subway ever, unless there’s a terrorist alert.

James E

Every person deserves dignity. The thoroughness with which these performers articulate their vision allows those of us straphangers to have a slight reprieve from our daily mundaneness. However we must protect the citizenry from personal violations. Balance in all things as Abraham Lincoln used to say.

Tommy O

Wake up James! This is an attempt at extortion. These shows are displays of intimidation. Just ask the street performers themselves, they don’t deny it. If these “performers” were so “devoted” to their art they wouldn’t have to target a captured audience in tight quarters. It’s an art when it’s done in an appropriate and safe venue, a place you will never find these thugs.


Your comment is ignorant and false!!! Last conversation I had with a street performer they handed me a business card. From my understanding in life that’s a clear indication that somebody is serious with their business/craft! Life is hard enough and it’s not like these performers have the luxury of a retirement fund such as a 401k. This is just another way to target young colored kids/teens and strip them away of any opportunity they have based on the fact that they’re making untaxed money… I would like to think that was the only reason but if it were, cops would be arresting all the panhandling crackheads smoking right in front of children on the platforms. Go check it out for yourself…


No Rules, No Regulations, No Laws can be enforced and not just in the subways, but everywhere in NYC. Police hands are tied and the Mayor encourages more crime and delinquent behavior everyday. Welcome to NY the rotten apple!


This sort of thing was bound to happen sooner or later. This is a quality of life crime in that trains are not for gymnastics as they are a confined often crowded space Keep getting soft on small crimes Mr. DumBlasio and more of this plus fare beating will happen. Oh wait! DA Cy Vance won’t prosecute them either.


And they shouldn’t! Not when you have multi-million dollar corporation that avoid paying Federal taxes. Let’s be honest, that is the only main reason for harassing street performers. Who the F cares about a few young teens and misguided adults dancing..? When they start making a better pay-out then everybody stuck in this worker mentality (working minimum 40 plus hours a week) with out paying taxes, then comes a different problem! Or how about we have a different solution. Why not just find a way to regulate the dancing and/or educate our students better, so they won’t have to opt out to hustling on the train?


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