Police in New York City are asking the public for help in identifying a man who brutally attacked another passenger with a metal pipe on a subway train in Lower Manhattan subway on Saturday night.
The perpetrator allegedly got into an argument with a 59-year-old man while riding a southbound 2 train near Broadway and Chambers Street. At some point, the altercation became violent and the suspect attacked the victim with a pipe, hitting him in the face, according to NBC New York. Video footage shows the suspect pointing a finger at the victim before gesticulating as if holding a bat. Then, he used it to smash the victim in the face.
It’s not clear what the men were arguing about, but police do not believe that they had any pre-existing relationship to each other.
When the train made a stop at Chambers Street, the suspect fled the scene, according to WABC-TV.
The victim suffered a fractured skull and broken eye socket. He was brought to a nearby hospital in serious, but stable condition.
Police are describing the assailant as a Hispanic man in his 20s. He was last seen wearing a black hat, blue sleeveless shirt and dark pants. He was wheeling a dolly, which had a diaper box on it, in the footage of the incident. The man was reportedly panhandling before the violent incident, according to CBS New York.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
[Photo: New York Police Department]