Update: Police Arrest 21-Year Old Man In Connection With Attack

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police were asking for the public’s help Tuesday in finding a man who assaulted and robbed a woman on the stairs at an elevated subway station in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

UPDATE: Arrest Made In Subway Beating

The woman got off a southbound F train at the 18th Avenue station around 2:40 a.m. March 9, when the man attacked her, police said.

He fled with unspecified personal items he stole from the woman, police said.

The entire attack was captured on surveillance video, and goes on for a few minutes. The woman is seen walking down the right side of the stairs from the platform, while the man follows a short distance behind on her the left side.

Once they reach the bottom of the stairs, the man grabs the woman, throws her to the ground, kicks her, stomps on her and bangs her head against the wall, before emptying what appears to be her purse. The man then runs out the swinging door that leads to and from the staircase.

When the victim tries to escape, the suspect pursues her again.

Riders who frequent the station said they were sickened by the senseless attack.

“Just grab the bag and go. That’s how I see it,” Steve Pena told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez. “You know, there’s no need for punching and kicking. That’s uncalled for.”

“It’s unfortunate,” another man said. “I guess they need more cops around.”

One woman, Caroline, also said it was disturbing that no one seemed to be around at the time of the attack.

“There will never be police here,” she said.

Another woman, Nicole, told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon she had always felt safe in the subway station “until seeing that. It’s good to see this every once in a while because it makes you think and be alert.”

The robber was described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s, weighing about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie sweater with the Greek letters “Alpha Phi Delta” on the front and “Stugotz” and the number 27 on the back, along with black jeans and black shoes.

Riders said they are hoping police get this bully off the streets.

“The whole thing’s uncalled for,” Pena said. “But this is like, this is ridiculous.”

The victim was recovering from her injuries Tuesday, and police said the robber was able to get away with very little from her purse.

Anyone with information was asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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