NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Saturday arrested a transgender woman they say attacked a white couple in the Bronx and may be behind a series of attacks in upper Manhattan as well.

Investigators say the transgender suspect, who is black, confronted a couple on E. 187th Street near Crotona Avenue in the Bronx. The attacker allegedly approached the couple and asked the woman if she was white before pepper spraying her.

The couple was too afraid to show their faces on camera, but tearfully described what happened in an exclusive interview with CBS2.

“She pepper sprayed me, I couldn’t see anything,” the woman said. “It really sucked because I knew it was a hate crime.”

The man says he tried to approach the suspect but backed off when she pulled a knife. Moments later, they helped lead police to 37-year-old Thomas Herd, who was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she is set to undergo a mental evaluation before facing charges.

Surveillance image of the woman police are looking for in connection to Friday’s pepper spray spree. (credit: NYPD)

Investigators are now looking into whether Herd is the same person wanted in a string of suspected hate crimes in Manhattan. Multiple people, all of whom are white, were sprayed with an unknown chemical substance near subway stations in Harlem and the Upper West Side around noon on Friday.

Police say the first incident happened on the downtown platform of the 2 and 3 trains at the 125th Street and Lenox Avenue station. The suspect allegedly sprayed five people while walking westbound on 125th Street towards St. Nicholas Avenue, according to police.

Around an hour later, the same person allegedly sprayed a 30-year-old woman while waiting on the subway platform at the 96th Street and Broadway station

“It lights up your whole face on fire,” Joshua Smith, who was sprayed on his way home from a doctors appointment, said. “Your sinuses, your throat feels like it’s closing up. It’s rough.”

Police say the suspect eventually made her way to the Bronx, where she approached a husband and wife and sprayed them with the same unknown substance.

In total, police say 11 white New Yorkers were all attacked over the weekend. Officers are still trying to confirm that Herd is the person they’re searching for in the Friday crime spree.

Earlier this week, the NYPD said overall, crime in the city is down, but in the transit system, it’s up – a 5.6 percent increase this February compared to the same time last year. So far this year, there’s been an average of six crimes a day across the entire transit system.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Comments (56)
  1. “Transgender woman” means “man,” right?

  2. Bob Bailiff says:

    The transgendered have a constitutional right to attack the cisgendered — anywhere, any time, including murder. Especially if the person attacked is a cisgendered white man.

  3. Gary Arpon says:

    There is nothing trannys hate more than normal people. You know…..the sane ones.

  4. riosam77 says:

    Whites are quickly becoming the most prevalent victims of the deviant leftists! Of course being NYC I suppose you can’t carry a gun to defend ones self. Glad I live in an open carry state..
    Of course, New Yorkers are responsible for this because of the way they vote so I, for one, don’t feel sorry for them! They choose to live there and choose voting for Dems…… YOU GOT IT TOYOTA!!

  5. Oh he/she/it will not get in any trouble whatsoever minus a few days in a psych ward. To think he/she/it will be charged with a hate crime is a joke because you can insult, mock, belittle, show open hatred and contempt, and even physically assault a white person in America now without fear of repercussions of any kind. I guess white people have become so conditioned to make sure they do not say or do anything that could even vaguely be considered racist that they no longer have the ability to even defend themselves. And because of that it is going to get so much worse so quickly.

  6. Mels Rogue says:

    Let me guess – Trump isn’t his president
    the people of America see quite clearly where the real hate lies –
    Liberalism depends on the ignorant to survive

  7. That’s not a woman but he can play one in prison!

  8. Maryann Lima says:

    Here is actual evidence of hate crimes caught on video, unlike Wussie Smollett. Prosecute this! Or it will never stop.

  9. Thomas Edwin Sollenbarger says:

    MSNBC and CNN along with most of the MSM will not even mention this incident or will try to mitigate it.

  10. Dave Park says:

    Thomas Herd, referred to as “she” in the article, doesn’t that just sound wrong?

  11. John Powledge says:

    I guess this makes this individual hetero-phobic and guilty of anti-white racism. Wouldn’t that make it a hate crime?

  12. Tomas Cruz says:

    She must watch CNNMSNBCNBC which convinced her that all whites, except the ones she’s watching on DNC TV, are Nazis, Klan, racists, bigots….

  13. Justin Denial says:

    This He, She IT stuff is getting really irritating. Wow, assault and Battery made Worse by being a hate crime.

  14. Jack Inmanz says:

    I can’t keep it straight. Does this mean a man who wanted to be a woman, a woman who wanted to be a man, or a person who just needs an excuse to lash out?

  15. Fred Fisher Caudle says:

    Democrackkks and mainscream media are America’s BIGGEST ENEMY ! Strive to be smarter !

  16. This is a man. “Transgender woman” means man who suffers from a mental disorder by which he pretends to be a woman and believes his fantasy.

  17. Luis Martinez says:

    Obviously fake news. The LBGT/ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ Community is made up of good, loving, kind, caring people…

  18. Edmond Day says:

    cant make this stuff up!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Terry Lee says:

    I didn’t think that form of mental illness caused violence. Stay armed. A bullet in her forehead will stop future attacks.

    1. Never happen pal this is NYC where only the Police and thugs are armed private citizens have almost no chance of owning firearms.

      1. Samuel Green says:

        You hit that nail on the head. In NY, only the violent criminals and lunatics like this angry transgender are the only ones with the weapons.

        I grew up in Beantown and after retiring from the Army, I REFUSED to live in a state that doesn’t allow me to self protect. As much as I love Boston, I served and risked my life for the Constitutional values NY and Mass. lawmakers step on daily.

        I took a similar oath as they did, I kept my word, while they break theirs on a daily basis.

  20. Wm Layer says:

    A guy in drag is still a guy. Transgender is a fiction, a delusion, and the news ought to convey reality, not absurdity. We are XX or XY now and forever. This report is another illustration of the moral corruption and intellectual bankruptcy of the media.

  21. For cucks sake, IT’S A MAN. Once again hou fail to do your job lamestream and say a WOMAN attacked them. No matter what prefix or leading adjective you throw in front of it, it’s a dude, his name is Thomas, he is a racist. PERIOD.

  22. Lisal Christian says:

    “Set to undergo a mental exam” because…
    a. Anyone who runs around pepper spraying white women is crazy?
    b. Anyone who is transgendered is crazy?
    c. Only white people can be guilty of hate crimes, people of color who commit them are just actually crazy?

  23. Jacky Kunzi says:

    what a freak

  24. Jim Cyr says:

    Poster child for today’s left

  25. Dan Tige says:

    It was defending itself. That’s the defense.

  26. taquinas says:

    Adding to the count of “hate crimes” the lefties are complaining about.

  27. Stupid f@ggots, d!cks are for chicks…

  28. Doug Wallace says:

    Kick the bitch in her balls

    1. Thom Covenant says:

      Ya, kick her right in her d*ck.

  29. Tony Mah says:

    The concept of “white privilege” is nothing more than excuse for non whites to hate whites. It creates envy, animosity, grievance culture, a poisoning of the soul.

  30. Marc Kortlander says:

    so glad to be out of NYC, here in FLA that kind of person would have to deal with the possibility of being shot. FLA does not abuse our rights and allows permitted people to carry weapons for self protection. people in NYC have traded the illusion of safety for their god given rights. how sad

  31. MOVE ALONG FOLKS !! NOTHING TO SEE HERE !!

    Just another dysfunctional, mentally ill Democrat tranny.

  32. Big Mama says:

    get the rope

  33. John Casor says:

    Attacks on white people cannot by definition be hate crimes, even if they are crimes. Please be more careful in your reporting.

    1. Big Mama says:

      Shut up Rastus

  34. Congratulations Democrats and the media. This is what your faked outrage is doing. Getting innocent people attacked by mentally unstable lunatics because they think the world is ending because there’s a big orange cheeto man in the White House.

  35. Patrick Holman says:

    “Moments later, they helped lead police to 37-year-old Thomas Herd, who was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she is set to undergo a mental evaluation before facing charges.” And there you have it.

  36. Clay L. Herbert says:

    Whatever this he/she/it is, the Chicago smollet agenda has been set back, bigly!

  37. Nick Cignetti says:

    the best thing about fly over country is that it is civilization.

  38. Matt Fulford says:

    And this is why I always carry. In AZ. this is known as a crime we can and will use deadly force. This crap has to end somewhere. No need for this or any other hate.

    1. Adam Peter says:

      lets see you shoot anyone after getting pepper sprayed tough guy.

      1. Mike Hayes says:

        The free state of Arizona (my home) you can legally shoot someone for doing that. If you feel that your life is in danger.

  39. Jim Wolfson says:

    A mutilated, mentally-ill man is NOT a woman.

  40. Bob Mccown says:

    You know why this happened? All the hate and division the Democrats keep promoting through a complicit media.

  41. Mark Lemmon says:

    Yet another reason to never give up your right to carry guns…

  42. Rerun Danger says:

    Well, look here… a hate crime for reals… and of course it’s not whitey…

    LOL… liberals are the real racists!

  43. Jerry Walton says:

    Well, he’s a guy so……looks like more reasons to put him away for mental problems.

  44. This is why normal Americans conceal carry.

  45. Chauncey Hall says:

    She didn’t get the memo – you are supposed to pour chemicals on yourself and then report a hate crime. Chicago isn’t getting the message out.

  46. Her name is Thomas Herd.
    Therefore, she is NOT a she.
    Rather he is a MAN dressing up as a fat ghetto BT1000 armed with pepper spray and a knife.

    Report the factual news CBS, not the deluded version of it.

    #MAGA

  47. Earnest Evanston says:

    Democrats keep calling whites racists these things are going to happen more. The non-Fox fake news media is the Democratic party mouthpiece are are contributing to all the hate and racism. VOTE OUT ALL DEMOCRATS!! SI SE PUEDE!!!!

  48. Doug Day says:

    These articles are becoming Pronoun Pits of Doom. Speak English.

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