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MTA Offering a $10,000 Reward for Tips on 7-Train Window Smasher

7 train with broken glass (Twitter: @TripleG_RTO)

Aug. 24, 2020 By Allie Griffin

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a serial 7-train window smasher.

There have been more than 70 incidents involving broken subway windows since May, according to MTA and NYPD officials. The damage totals more than $300,000, MTA Chairman Pat Foye said at a press conference today.

Foye announced the reward for tips leading to the arrest and indictment of the “sociopath” responsible for the 7-train damage today. The $10,000 is in addition to the $2,500 reward provided by the NYPD Crime Stoppers.

He said he hopes that prosecutors put the perpetrator in prison, adding that it would send a message to the public that this is not to be tolerated.

Foye said the MTA will also pursue civil litigation against the perpetrator in an attempt to recover the costs associated with replacing the smashed windows.

Last year such vandalism was “virtually nonexistent,” Jason Savino, Commanding Officer of the NYPD Central Robbery Division said at the press conference.  “Now it’s prominent. It’s a growing problem.”

“We need the public’s help,” he said. “Put on your little detective shields.”

Windows have been smashed on the 7, 2 and 3 subway lines. There have been 53 such incidents in Manhattan, 14 in Queens, two in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx since May.

A witness filmed a man smashing a 7-train window with a hammer on Aug.1 and sent it to the NYPD, which released a photo of the man in hopes someone can identify him.

Last night, a vandal targeted the 7 train yet again, according to Pat Warren, Chief Safety Officer of the MTA. He said four windows were smashed.

“It continues to be an infuriating problem for the MTA and everyone in New York City,” Warren said. “This is your money, this is your time on the trains and the inconvenience costs you.”

Trains must be pulled from service for the windows to be replaced. Repairing the trains has caused delays, impacting riders from Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Sunnyside..

The officials wouldn’t say if they believe the damage was the work of one individual or multiple people.

Foye was asked whether spending $10,000 on a reward made sense for the cash-strapped agency.

“This person … has already cost us $300,000, trains have been taken out of service, hundreds of thousands of customers have been disrupted, and clearly offering a reward for information leading the arrest and indictment of a person who’s caused $300,000 in damages in scores of incidents is money well spent,” he said.

The MTA and NYPD are asking anyone with information regarding the vandalism to call 1-800-577-TIPS.

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Nancy

These incidents remind me of the subway scenes in the movie Ghost. We lost so many people in Queens and i am sure some are angry 😠 👻.

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Enough with the social worker talk!

There is no talking a problem like this out.

Padded room them instead.

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Brenda

Subway riders are being harassed, assaulted, robbed and stabbed on the subway. Please be careful about confronting or taking a picture or recording a vandal. They may be mentally ill and a great danger to the public. Its scary.

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Jill

If cameras were installed the damage would be greater if they destroyed them. They need to hire security to protect the subway. I still do not get how the train staff does not hear the windows being smashed. Could it be that something else is happening and workers are choosing to stay quiet. Something does not seem right. It like someone smashing your house windows daily and the only people noticing it are pedestrians walking by your house while you are sitting at home.

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Johnny Cakes

Would the security guards be armed? Otherwise they would be subject to the same threats an average citizen would be in confronting the vandal. The MTA workers are there to drive the trains, clean stations and such not to confront criminals. As with the graffiti of the 80’s, a police presence is needed but a “noisy minority” these days do not want cops at all. Maybe we should get some social workers on the trains so they can confront the vandal. The vandal can even lie down across the train seats like a therapy session!

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Mind over matter

Even if the perp is caught, he’ll be let go faster than you can say “man, I really miss Giuliani.”

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