Police: Subway Mugging Suspect Increasingly Violent

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Police are stepping up their presence in the subways and handing out flyers, asking for the public’s help, after a string of attacks.

The mugging suspect was caught on surveillance video in the first of his three attacks, at 127th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, reports CBS 2’s Magee Hickey. Police said he pulled a knife on a 37-year-old woman getting off the A train at 7:25 p.m. on Aug. 7, grabbing her pocketbook and running out onto the street.

“As a young woman, I ride the subway all by myself. It’s scary to think my safety is in danger,” subway rider Sophie Matthews said.

The second mugging, on Aug. 27, was actually on the A train itself, as it was pulling out of the Broadway and Dyckman Street Station heading to the end of the line at 207th Street. The same modus operandi was used in the second attack – a knife was flashed, and a purse was handed over – but this time, the mugging occurred in the wee hours, at 3:25 a.m.

“I don’t see no cops right now – it’s not safe,” straphanger Ruth Then said. “The should put more cops [here]. There should be more.”

The third mugging, though, has subway riders the most worried. At the 96th Street station, the subway mugger turned violent. During a struggle over the handbag, the suspect stabbed the 27-year-old victim in the torso.

“I always say, give them whatever they want. Your life is more valuable than that,” rider Ellie Parkinson said. “Not everybody knows that.”

One conductor had advice for women who ride the subways in the early morning hours.

“I suggest they ride with the train crews, either with the conductor or the front of the train,” conductor Carmen Rivera said. “Don’t ride in the last car.”

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  1. Shaquil Latasha says:

    Vinny at the top is the only one who made any sense. Oh, and don’t forget Brian with “what if he was black from iceland?”

  2. Vinny says:

    Now is the time for another Bernard Goetz!!!

  3. Sammy says:

    Hmmmm, lets just think about this for a second and add up the elements of this crime: Criminal, subway mugging, NYC, victim a woman. Would ANYONE, white or black think that anybody BUT a black man was the perpetrator? Wake up Black America and stop blaming everyone but yourselves for your problems…

  4. Lucius Junius Brutus says:

    Was that last 96th st station mugging at the East side Lexington Avenue No. 6 train which has four very convoluted entry/exit ways and one token booth or the West 96th st IND at Central Park West or the 96th st. station on Broadway where the No. 1/9 local and No 2 express trains stop, and where there once was a second station entrance at 94th st and Broadway?
    Just saying 96th street station is meaningless in a system that still has 3 separate lines with 96th street stations in Manhattan (and Brooklyn?),

  5. BKLIVES says:

    SERIOUSLY, MARKWISDOM YOU SHOULD CHANGE YOUR NAME TO MARKDUMBAZZ-WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE WHAT COLOR HE IS-THE POINT IS THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE POLICE PROTECTION IN OUR SUBWAYS-AND IN CASE UR WONDERING I’M PR

    1. KPMc says:

      Well… not to defend Mark’s racist observation, but shouldn’t they print a description if they are going to ask the public’s help and tell them to be aware? Height, weight, scars and yes… even ethnicity and skin color might help.

  6. BKLIVES says:

    @FASHIONSTYLING-LMFAO-BLACK BRIAN FROM ICELAND IS SUCH A JERK

  7. fashionstyling says:

    Brian is probably black… from Iceland

  8. fabes says:

    mark wilson works for CBS…

  9. tiger says:

    unmanned subway station.
    camp ground for the homeless and criminal elements

  10. Brian says:

    MarkWisom. What planet do yo live in? The fact that a picture shows you a person is black do not mean they are black. Haven’t you realize that by now? There are skin colored blacks everywhere in the world. What if he is from Iceland, Norway etc? What if he has no trace or origin to any part of Africa? Is he still black? This shows your ignorance.

    1. MarkWisdom says:

      @Brian. My ignorance? Nowhere in my comment did I say he was from Africa, no matter what country he is from or what his ancestry is, he is still black. Why don’t you put down your crack pipe and try reading for a change?

      1. Not A Racist says:

        Though you are obviously a racist, MarkWisdom, I must say that I agree with your assumption that the assailant is Black

    2. Golf Clap says:

      Bri,
      The stupidity in your post absolutely ROCKS!

  11. Jimmy says:

    I wonder if that’s one of the stations where the clerks were removed.

  12. MarkWisdom says:

    Surprise, surprise! No where in this article does it say the assailant is black, even though it is obvious from the picture? How politically correct of CBS to not mention that fact.

    1. KPMc says:

      But they didn’t describe him at all. No height, weight, tattoos, scars, markings. If you’re going to make an observation at least recognize all the facts.

      But for some reason you chose to point at the obvious, as you said.. there is a picture.

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