The victim made what authorities described as incidental contact with the suspect on the number 2 subway line platform of the 14th street station just before 9:15 pm Tuesday.
Words were exchanged, and the suspect struck the victim on the head with a hammer.
The victim was conscious and alert after the attack and taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
The suspect ran away but was described as around 30 years old, 6’2″ tall with a slim build, wearing a wig, purple lipstick, blue jeans, wearing a red and white jacket, red and white sneakers and carrying a tote bag.
The motive for the subway system’s latest hammer attack was not immediately known.
The victim is Asian, and the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating whether this was motivated by hate.
One thing, however, is clear: with crime on the rise, riders say they feel less safe.
“Honestly, I’m very surprised, I tend to feel very safe in these places so to hear that type of news really shocked me,” one rider said. “Makes me feel a little less safe.”
“I kind of feel like there isn’t much I can do, I kind of rely on the subway to get where I need to go, to get to work, so my options are limited, I have to use the subway,” said another.
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).
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