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NYPD hate crimes unit involved after woman sprays people with substance uptown: police

Posted at 4:40 PM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-09 13:52:07-05

MANHATTAN — Police say the NYPD hate crimes unit is now involved after a woman sprayed people in the face with an unknown substance they believe could be mace, inside and near two uptown Manhattan subway stations Friday afternoon.

Police released surveillance footage of the woman accused of spraying people at two Manhattan subway stations.

The suspect first sprayed a woman inside the 125th Street-St. Nicholas Avenue subway station along the A/B/C/D train lines in Harlem, police said Friday.

Authorities said the suspect then exited the station and sprayed five people, four men and one woman, on 125th Street.

The suspect sprayed another woman in a similar fashion shortly after, this time on the train platform in the 96th Street subway station on the 1/2/3 lines on the Upper West Side, police said.

Victims, some of whom are tourists, said they felt a burning in their eyes after the attacks, according to police.

Police say none of the victims were seriously injured.

Authorities released new surveillance footage of the woman being sought in the attack.