By Daniel Katzive
A 15-year old girl was punched in the face near the 72nd Street and Broadway subway station Monday night. The suspected assailant was arrested at the scene.
According to the NYPD, the attack occurred at around 8:15 p.m. No information was available on what may have precipitated the incident, but police did confirm that the suspect and the victim did not know each other.
Paul Rocker, 51-years old, of 644 Riverside Drive (at 142nd Street) was charged with third degree assault, according to police. The victim was brought to an area hospital.
A passerby told WSR there was a heavy police response to the scene.
Update, August 8, 8:05 p.m.:
A man who was on an uptown 2 train with the parties involved in the incident told WSR in a phone interview that a group of teenagers had been behaving in a rowdy manner, pushing each other into other passengers, seemingly intentionally. A woman was jostled and this may have angered the man suspected in the assault, said the eyewitness. The suspect was later followed out of the station by the group of teenagers, who were yelling at him, according to the eyewitness, who heard him shouting back, “you have a knife,” though he saw no knife, nor did he see the actual punch. A WSR commenter corroborated his story, noting he also saw teenagers following the man and that one of the teenagers was handcuffed, though the police had no record of additional arrests nor of the teens’ alleged behavior. We will update as more details emerge.
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