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Man punches MTA worker in unprovoked subway station attack

Posted at 8:27 PM, Jun 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 10:38:27-04

HARLEM — A man slugged an MTA worker in the face in an unprovoked subway station attack on Saturday, police said.

Video shows the man walk away from the workers, then head back and punch a 59-year-old MTA employee in the face.

The worker suffered a laceration to the face, which was treated at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, police said.

Police have asked for help identifying a man accused of punching an MTA worker in the face at a Manhattan subway station. (NYPD)

Police have asked for help identifying the attacker, who left the 145th Street No. 1 train station after the punch. He's believed to be in his 40s. The man is about 6 feet tall. He's bald and has a goatee. The man was last seen wearing a red and black track suit along with red and black sneakers.

"This is why we need a greater law enforcement presence in the subway," Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano said. "Transit worker assaults are a major problem that need to be addressed. Now," he continued.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Edit: This story originally indicated the incident took place at the 145th Street No. 3 train station, but has been updated with the correct train station, the 145th Street No. 1 train station.