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Senior attacked inside a Long Island City subway station during the morning rush Monday: NYPD

Cops are looking for this suspect, who allegedly punched a senior during an unprovoked assault in a Long Island City subway station. Photos courtesy of the NYPD

June 19, 2024 By Bill Parry

A 75-year-old man was assaulted by a stranger inside the Vernon Boulevard/Jackson Avenue 7 train station on Monday morning.

Police from the 108th Precinct in Long Island City and Transit District 20 reported that the victim was standing on the mezzanine level of the station at around 8:40 a.m. when an unidentified man approached him from behind and punched him in the back.

The senior sustained pain and bruises to his back, but refused medical attention at the scene. His assailant fled the station on foot in an unknown direction, police said, adding that there are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing.

The NYPD released surveillance images of the perpetrator as he passed through the turnstile and described him as having a dark complexion, approximately 5’7” tall and 150 lbs. He wore a black T-shirt, black pants, black sneakers and a black book bag. A reward of up to $3,500 is being offered for information that leads to his arrest.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at, or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Through June 16, the 108th Precinct has reported 107 assaults so far in 2024, 3 more than the 104 reported at the same point last year, an increase of 2.9%, according to the most recent CompStat report. Transit crimes are way down in the precinct, with 25 cases reported so far this year, 17 fewer than the 42 transit crimes that were reported at the same point in 2023, a decline of 40.5%, according to CompStat.

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