A subway rider in New York City survived from being nearly crushed by a subway train after he was allegedly tossed onto the tracks by a hammer-swinging attacker who also lobbed “anti-gay statements,” police said.
Cops are searching for a man who, at around 1 a.m. on Nov. 22, allegedly swung a hammer at a straphanger and then after missing, threw him onto the tracks just as the D train was arriving at the Tremont Street subway station in the Bronx.
The suspect allegedly first hurled “anti-gay statements” at the 21-year-old man who had been waiting for a train to arrive, according to a release by the New York Police Department.
The man, a sketch of whom has been circulated by the police, allegedly called the victim “f---ing f----t” as he allegedly attacked him, the New York Post reported, citing an NYPD source.
After missing with the hammer, the suspect allegedly wrestled with the victim and then “threw him onto the train track” just as a train was entering the station, police said.
Fortunately, fellow straphangers managed to catch the attention of motorman arriving into the station, and implored him to hit the brakes to avert striking the helpless man.
“Good Samaritans on the platform alerted the motorman to stop the arriving train and assisted the victim back onto the platform,” the release reads.
The man was then rushed to Saint Barnabas Hospital where he was recovering from various cuts to his head.
The case is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crime’s Task Force.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.
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