By Joy Bergmann
An unidentified male assailant slashed a 61-year-old man in the head with a broken bottle while riding the 2 train at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, police said.
The assault took place as the southbound train passed 86th Street, police said. The victim emerged onto the 72nd Street platform where he was attended to by NYPD officers and EMTs. Video footage from the scene broadcast on a public-safety app called Citizen showed the victim holding a bandage to his right cheek area. Police said he was transported to an area hospital as “alert and responsive.”
The suspect fled the scene and the investigation is ongoing, police said.
NYPD Transit District One Officer Richard Fazio told WSR that the altercation began when the suspect asked the victim to stop playing his harmonica in the car. The victim continued playing. The assailant then engaged him in an argument that concluded with the beaning-by-bottle.