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Straphanger Punched in Face at Queens Plaza Station in Unprovoked Attack: NYPD

Suspect (Source: NYPD)

Nov. 27, 2020 By Christian Murray

A 56-year-old man was punched in the face in a random attack while waiting for the subway at the Queens Plaza station on Monday, police said.

The victim was on the R-train platform at around 9:15 a.m. when the suspect approached him and suddenly punched him in the face—knocking him to the ground.

The suspect then ran up the stairs and fled in an unknown direction.

The victim was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/ Elmhurst in stable condition.

The suspect is described as being approximately 25-years of age, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about  225 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black and red baseball cap, gold rimmed glasses, black jacket, blue jeans and tan work boots.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the individual is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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Is this the best picture MTA can provide?
Watch this people, MTA only cares about their turnstiles, catch the jumpers, if too many jumps assign a police to the turnstiles.. MTA does not deserve a penny if they cannot assist in keeping their riders safe.

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Rita

I have a love-hate relationship with the NYC subway. It is convenient and gets you to where you need to go. But I no longer ride it unless I absolutely have to (If I don’t have my own car, I’ll now rent a car and will drive everywhere feasible). There have been far too many close calls with violence and the like for me.

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Resident

These people commit these crimes because they have no fear instilled in them. meaning, they know there is no real punishment. they do something bad, then get arrested and 5 hours later are free to go! what part of this insanity does Bla and Cuomo not “get”. How they don’t see this, or what is it that they are trying to accomplish?, or do they see it and are turning a blind eye to it? they cant possibly think things are good here?

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David

Resident- Studies have shown frontal lobe damage ( impulse control) is a greater factor in these crimes. There have been multiple studies in several prisons throughout the US regarding this topic. Prison wardens have requested extra funding from Congress for this problem alone. Google it, it’s an interesting read.

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Bill

Crime while rising this year is still much lower then it was in the 80’ 90’s and early 2000’s. Subways are safe but crime can happen anywhere. I would move back to NYC if I had to.

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Adios

Give it time. It’s only been a couple of months since the police budget was cut. There are plenty of vacant apartments should you decide to move back…as it ain’t gonna get any better.

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Gardens Watcher

We should not be judging this, and this man’s face should not be posted on the internet. The only crime here is against the man here for having his photo plastered on the internet before he has even been convicted and set free again.

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#wheresjimmy?

I’m sure the social justice warriors in Sunnyside gardens with their many signs are on the case

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Boomers still say "social justice warriors?" 😬

I thought it was like “Trump 2020” where it was only used ironically to make fun of Trump lovers.

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Rick

Quick send in the social workers 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣 why are they not stationed at the subway?

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Lia

Every New Yorker needs to stick up for one another and watch each other backs. The situation is getting crazy as there are more mentally unstable people are walking the streets and very much so through out western queens. More crazy people screaming, public drug usage, violence, and the homelessness is getting out of control. Consequences for intent harm to another needs be more severe. If they are just going to be released the next day they will just continue. It is important to deal with the virus, but don’t disregard another crisis that is forming.

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Maria

We need plexiglass barriers to prevent some people from punching and pushing others on the subway stations and platforms.

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Honey

People done lost their minds good thing I’m an introvert….me, myself and I will be totally fine 🙂 AT HOME!

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Natasha

All these attacks on the subway including the actors being punched in the face and the people getting pushed onto the train are airing worldwide. My sister in EU called me about it and is worried about me.

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Why wasn't she stopped for no mask?

You’d think the psychos would relish in the mask wearing society! Facial recognition is a lot harder if you look like a surgeon!

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Gabe

Be safe during small business Saturday this weekend. I am looking forward to shopping at the liquor store. Its one of the few mom and pop stores left.

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Yolanda

Its random in the sense that there was no known interaction between the victim and attacker prior to the incident. Remember we only have the victims side of the attack. When it happened to the celebrities it had much more publicity including a video clip of the attack. This type of incident is common in NYC on the subway and streets. Some youth call it the knockout game. They were doing to jews in brooklyn just last year. Someone should look into any commonality of suspects and/or victims. We have to speak the truth in order to heal and prevent this from happening again.

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Larry Penner

Perhaps it is time to return to the days decades ago when a transit police officer was assigned to ride each train and others patrolled subway stations. This, along with installation of security cameras on trains and stations might help to reduce what appears to be growing vandalism and crime. Why not trade in all the former NYC Transit token booth employees who serve as “Station Ambassadors” to help pay for increasing police protection in our subway system?

(Larry Penner — transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office. This included the development, review, approval and oversight for billions in capital projects and programs for the MTA, NYC Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road, MTA Bus along with 30 other transit agencies in NY & NJ) . .

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