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Straphanger Punched in Face at Queens Plaza Station in Unprovoked Attack: NYPD

Suspect (Source: NYPD)

Nov. 27, 2020 By Christian Murray

A 56-year-old man was punched in the face in a random attack while waiting for the subway at the Queens Plaza station on Monday, police said.

The victim was on the R-train platform at around 9:15 a.m. when the suspect approached him and suddenly punched him in the face—knocking him to the ground.

The suspect then ran up the stairs and fled in an unknown direction.

The victim was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/ Elmhurst in stable condition.

The suspect is described as being approximately 25-years of age, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about  225 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black and red baseball cap, gold rimmed glasses, black jacket, blue jeans and tan work boots.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the individual is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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Larry Penner

Perhaps it is time to return to the days decades ago when a transit police officer was assigned to ride each train and others patrolled subway stations. This, along with installation of security cameras on trains and stations might help to reduce what appears to be growing vandalism and crime. Why not trade in all the former NYC Transit token booth employees who serve as “Station Ambassadors” to help pay for increasing police protection in our subway system?

(Larry Penner — transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office. This included the development, review, approval and oversight for billions in capital projects and programs for the MTA, NYC Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road, MTA Bus along with 30 other transit agencies in NY & NJ) . .

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