NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Straphangers are on alert after a series of robberies on the F train line in Queens.
The attacks happened both on board trains and at stations, police said.
The first happened just after 4 a.m. on Sept. 2. Police said a 23-year-old man was walking up the stairs of the 169th Street station when two men grabbed him from behind.
They then threw him to the ground, punched him in the face and took his wallet, police said.
Then around 9 a.m. on Sept. 30, police said two men punched a 30-year-old man on board a northbound F train and demanded his iPad. The victim got off the train at the Sutphin Boulevard station and the suspects fled, police said.
The third incident happened on Oct. 8 around 1:40 p.m. A 33-year-old man was riding a southbound F train when a man grabbed his cellphone from his hand when the train stopped at Parsons Boulevard and fled, police said.
When the victim tried to chase the suspect, a second man punched him in the face, police said.
The attacks have left many riders on alert.
“You have to be aware of your surroundings,” commuter Veronica Ortiz told CBS 2’s Don Champion. “It’s horrible that you can’t even walk around with your own personal things because you’re worried about getting robbed. I think it’s ridiculous.”