A man was caught with a surveillance videographer punching a 60-year-old woman in the back of the head in the Grand Central subway station Thursday night, as crime appears to be on the decline in New York City’s subways.
The woman, dressed in an orange shirt, can be seen walking across the 7 Train platform at 10:13 PM, police reported when a man, who initially followed casually after her, suddenly came up to her and punched her with a closed fist. hit the back of the head.
Police said the unidentified assailant then fled on a northbound train 5 and is seeking the help of the public to identify him.
The unidentified attacker is initially seen casually behind the woman on the 7 platform at Grand Central Station
Suddenly he makes a fist and slams it against the back of the victim victim
Police enlist the public’s help in identifying the attacker
The victim suffered head and arm injuries and was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital where she is in stable condition.
Her injuries were not serious, according to police.
It came as crime rates in the city’s subways plummeted in June amid a surge in police force.
A total of 111 crimes were reported in June, compared to 168 the previous month, according to recently released data from the NYPD. New York Post reported.
Taking into account the number of riders, crimes fell from 2.87 per million riders in May to 1.77 crimes per million riders in June.
Thursday’s subway attack came when Than Htwe, 58, (pictured) was dragged down the stairs at the Canal Street subway station in Chinatown on Saturday morning by a mugger, sustaining serious brain damage. Doctors say she may never wake up
The crime rate on the subway, which had nearly doubled from 37 in April to 65 in May, fell to 14 in June.
There were 223 crimes recorded in the metro system in the first five months of 2021, which was more than any year since 1997, the Post also reported.
The decline in crime in the city’s subways appeared to coincide with a decision by Mayor Bill DeBlasio in late May to appoint 125 additional officers at stations during morning and evening rush hours after weeks of pressure from Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Meanwhile, a mother suffered a serious brain injury after being dragged down the stairs by a robber at the Canal Street subway station in Chinatown on Saturday morning and may never wake up, her son has said.
Than Htwe, 58, and her son, Kyaw Zaw Hein, 22 were walking up the stairs at Canal Street station around 10:45 a.m. when an assailant attacked them from behind and grabbed the son’s backpack.
Than Hein (left) 58 and her son Kyaw Zaw Hein 22 were rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Saturday morning, where Htwe underwent brain surgery and may never wake up
Hein (pictured) was with his mother when the violent attack took place, but was not seriously injured
Htwe and Hein were climbing a flight of stairs in the Canal St. Subway Station in Chinatown at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday, when out of nowhere a robber crawled after the two and tried to steal Hein’s backpack.
Hein was not seriously injured, but his mother hit her head and was seriously injured.
They were rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Saturday morning, where Htwe underwent brain surgery and is in critical condition as of Wednesday.
Hein says doctors have now told him that his mother “can’t wake up anymore.”
“The doctors told us that the trauma to her head is so severe that she can’t wake up,” Hein wrote in a heartbreaking statement. GoFundMe Message.
“Eventually all her organs will shut down. We just wait and worry about what happens next.”
Shortly after the incident, police released a photo of the suspect and asked anyone who recognizes him to call the police. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All conversations are treated confidentially.
Shortly after the incident, police released a photo of the suspect (pictured) and anyone who recognizes him is asked to call police.
So far, Hein and his father, Myint Shein, have raised $5,173 on their GoFundMe page. According to the post, all donations will go to Htwe’s husband.
“I want to say to everyone reading this that you should always cherish the moments you have with your mother,” the message read. “Tell her ‘I love you’ or give her a hug and kiss because you never know what’s going to happen.”
The unprovoked attacks came as New York City has seen a surge in violent crime in recent months, with many worrying that the city is slipping back into the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s when it was nicknamed the “Fear City.” got. In the 1970s, the city was in debt of $10 billion and cut its police and other services.
Data from the NYPD shows the number of shootings rose 21 percent in 2021 compared to last year’s July 18, the most recent data. In 2021 there were 840 shooting incidents, compared to 689 in 2020.
The number of shooting victims is also up 16 percent year over year, with 981 people becoming victims of gun crime, compared to 846 around this time last year.
The homicide rate also jumped from 226 to 233 over the same period — a 3 percent increase.
The biggest jump in crime rates is for hate crime, which is up 110 percent in the past year. This data comes amid countless indiscriminate attacks on Asian Americans in the city in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The attacks come as violent crime in the city has seen spikes in recent months maanden
In the city’s subways, 10 people lost their lives to homicides while riding the system between January 2020 and May this year, according to an analysis by the New York Times.
The average homicide rate in the subways has been one to two a year since the late 1990s. New York has seen five years of homicides in just over a year.
In early May, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told radio host Brian Lehrer that the MTA leadership was “fearful” when they warned that the NYC subway is becoming unsafe.
Later that month, NYPD transit police chief Kathleen O’Reilly told an MTA board meeting that ‘crime remains low so far… down 46.8%.’
Eric Adams (pictured July 12 at the White House), the ex-cop who is the Democratic nominee for New York City mayor, warned last Wednesday that “no one will come back” if violence, and especially gun violence in the Big Apple continues
However, these statistics do not take into account the reality that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, passenger numbers are lower than normal.
DeBlasio would later give in and assign more agents to stations during rush hour.
Eric Adams, the ex-cop who is the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City, warned last Wednesday that “no one will come back” if the violence, especially gun violence in the Big Apple, continues.
The Brooklyn borough president appeared at an event with Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, as the two political leaders formed a united front in tackling the worrying rising crime rate.
“No one will return to our multi-billion dollar tourism industry if three-year-olds get shot in Times Square,” Adams said.
Adams, 60, won the Democratic primary for this year’s mayoral race and will become New York City’s mayor if he defeats Republican Curtis Sliwa in the general election.