Transit Bureau detectives are looking for the fiend in the Financial District who assaulted a woman during an argument on board a subway train last month.
On Monday, the NYPD released images of the perpetrator wanted for the attack on an Uptown-bound 4 train near the Wall Street station at about 2:25 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2023.
According to law enforcement sources, the suspect became engaged in a verbal argument with the victim, a 40-year-old woman, for reasons that were not yet known.
The words turned violent, cops said, when the assailant grabbed the victim by the neck and punched her multiple times about the body.
Following the attack, police reported, the perpetrator exited the train at the Wall Street stop, then fled out of the station to parts unknown.
The incident was reported to the 1st Precinct and NYPD Transit District 2. The victim suffered minor injuries, including scratches to her hand and neck, and refused medical attention at the scene.
According to the most recent crime statistics, the 1st Precinct saw a 12.2% increase in assaults in 2023, with 147 cases reported. Transit crime in the command was also 16.8% higher, with 111 incidents recorded throughout the year.
As for the Dec. 16 assault, police described the suspect as a man with a dark complexion and a heavy build, standing about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing about 185 pounds, with brown eyes and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a gray winter hat, a yellow hooded sweatshirt under a multi-colored jacket with letters on it, black jeans and multi-colored sneakers.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.