The NYPD is looking for a crook who attacked and robbed a woman at a Queens subway station on Thursday night. According to police, at 11:22 p.m. on Feb. 24 a 57-year-old woman was walking down the stairs in the Queens Plaza subway station when an unknown man approached her from behind. The suspect licked the victim down the stairs and pulled out a hammer, striking the victim several times in the head. The suspect took the victim's purse before fleeing the scene on foot southbound on Queens Plaza South. The victim suffered a fractured skull and lacerations to her head and was taken by paramedics to NY-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she is listed as being in critical condition. The NYPD released a photo and video of the suspect, who is described as a man with a cane wearing a black hooded coat, a black mask, blue jeans, and black shoes.
A man who allegedly smeared human feces on the face and head of a 43-year-old woman sitting on a subway station bench will now face hate crime charges for the attack.
Frank Abrokwa, 37, of the Bronx, faces harassment and menacing as hate crime charges, the NYPD said early Wednesday. Abrokwa, who also has another open hate crime case in Brooklyn as well, was released on his own recognizance by a judge, the Bronx DA's office said.
The woman was sitting on the bench on the southbound platform at the East 241st Street station around 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 21 when Abrokwa allegedly attacked her.
Police released video that shows the man holding what appears to be a black plastic bag as he approaches the woman. He then mashes the hand holding the bag into her face before running off.
It's the latest disturbing crime to happen in the subway system since the city and state jointly rolled out a new safety plan less than two weeks ago. One of the more brutal recent cases involved a hammer attack on subway stairs that left a New York City health department employee in critical condition. A suspect has been arrested.
A large group of males beat and stabbed a 16-year-old boy and stole his scooter on a Queens street last week, police said Thursday as they released video of the broad-daylight attack.
The victim was on a motorized scooter with two male passengers at 37th Avenue and 82nd Street in Jackson Heights around 3:45 p.m. last Tuesday when a group of 10 males came up and demanded his vehicle, according to police.
The group then repeatedly punched and kicked the 16-year-old and his passengers, police said. The teen was also stabbed once in the back.
The group stole the teen’s $1,300 scooter, $500 iPhone, backpack and $20 in cash, according to police.
The 10 suspects were last seen fleeing down Roosevelt Avenue.
A good Samaritan took the teen to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was in stable condition.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.