Nervous Straphangers Say Crime Appears To Be Escalating Underground

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police in Queens are hunting for three suspects they say are wanted for an assault on a subway train that was captured on video.

The video was recorded just after 2 a.m. on Nov. 8. It shows an argument between two men on a Queens bound L train that police say quickly escalated into a beating.

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In the video, the victim is seen pushing away one man when another jumps in and the two begin punching the victim. Soon, three men can be seen hitting and kicking the victim to the floor. The bloodied 25-year-old tries to crawl away, but the suspects are relentless.

CBS 2’s Dave Carlin showed the shock video to city straphangers on Wednesday.

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“They keep on bothering him for no apparent reason,” Chastity Reyes said. “It’s  more and more crime and it’s happening every day.”

“I’m scared. I take the L train evey day that makes me feel a little too scared,” added Stella Lowder of Queens.

“Guy looks like he’s not messing for anybody and they’re just looking for a victim. It happens,” said Robert Flores of Bushwick, Brooklyn.

There was no word on the extent of the victim’s injuries or what he was arguing about with the suspects.

If you have any information, call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visit

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