By Carol Tannenhauser
A 78-year-old man was punched repeatedly about his face by two individuals — a man and a woman — while traveling “southbound on a #1 train approaching the 96th Street and 7th Avenue [Broadway] subway station, on Thursday at around 3:30PM,” police reported. Why did they do it? Allegedly because he asked one of the individuals — described as “approximately 6′ tall, weighing 185 lbs, with an athletic build” — to lower the volume of the music he was playing through a speaker.
“The individual and his companion proceeded to punch the elderly male multiple times about the face,” the police report continued. “The victim sustained bruising and lacerations to his face and exited the train at the aforementioned station and was transported by EMS to Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s [Morningside] hospital, in stable condition. The two individuals remained on the train and are believed to have detrained at the 34th Street subway station. There are no arrests, and the investigation remains ongoing.”
These are the individuals sought:
“Male, dark complexion, approximately 6’0″ tall, weighing 185 lbs., with an athletic build and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a graphic on the front, a red bandana, gray jeans, a multi-colored backpack and white Nike sneakers.”
“Female, dark complexion, medium build, long brown hair, brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket with a fur lining, a black t-shirt, orange sweatpants, black sneakers and wearing black glasses.”
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 https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
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