By Carol Tannenhauser
An arrest was made in the assault of a 78-year-old man, who was beaten on the subway last Thursday afternoon, at the 96th Street and Broadway station, for asking the suspect to lower his music.
Reginald Matthews, 31, (pictured above) was picked up the same day as the subway assault took place, October 27, for petit larceny in Brooklyn, according to a police spokesperson. While in custody, Matthews was linked to the subway incident and charged with “assault on a victim 65 or older.” The detective was unclear about whether that charge carried a harsher penalty than an ordinary assault.
Matthews was arrested in downtown Brooklyn for shoplifting nearly $1,000 worth of clothing from a Primark department store. “He is your typical revolving-door criminal,” the detective said. “He has multiple prior arrests dating back to 2007, many related to domestic violence.”
Will he be held for this one? “Not my purview,” he answered. “That belongs to the DA.”
Update: Reginald Mathews was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court and charged with the felony of Assault in the Second Degree (victim over 65 years of age). The victim required five stitches to close a laceration above his eye. The People requested bail of $75,000 Cash/Insurance Company Bond/Partially Secured Surety Bond. Bail was set in the amount of $30,000 bond/ $15,000 cash. The defendant is currently on Rikers Island. He is represented by Legal Aid. The People are represented by Assistant District Attorney Ashlyn Rich. The case was adjourned to Part F, November 3rd, for grand jury action. (-Elliott Shapiro.)
Still outstanding is another suspect in the subway beating, pictured below.
Anyone with information regarding this 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). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.