NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The suspect behind a vicious attack against a 78-year-old woman on the subway is in custody, NYPD officials said Saturday.

It happened around 3:10 a.m. on March 10 aboard a northbound 2 train as it pulled into the 238th Street / Nereid Avenue station in the Bronx.

The NYPD released surveillance photos and video of the suspect Friday. The man in that heinous attack has now been identified as 36-year-old Marc Gomez of Yonkers.

Police said he repeatedly punched and kicked the victim in the head and body as 2 train riders stood by and watched the crime unfold. Gomez has now been charged with second and third-degree assault and harassment.

The victim was treated at the 241st Street station for cuts and swelling to her face.

Authorities say the 36-year-old had been apprehended Saturday afternoon and was in custody. They did not immediately release any information on how they were able to track down suspect.

Marc Gomez, the suspect accused of a brutal attack on a 78-year-old woman on the subway. (Credit: NYPD)

Sources tell CBS2 that the 78-year-old victim is a homeless woman who did not know Gomez before the unprovoked attack. She was reportedly treated and released is now getting help from city officials, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea wrote on Twitter.

“Thank you to the worldwide community for the tremendous assistance,” Shea added.

Comments (13)
  1. Gladys Guzman says:

    I agree with James Cross.

  2. Jackie Veri says:

    According to the article he was recently arrested for carrying shotgun. I hope these two charges are enough to put him behind bars forever.

    1. Gene Rey says:

      WHAT?!?!? IT’S NEW YORK!!!!! De Blasio will probably offer him a job & Cuomo will enroll him in college!

  3. Gene Rey says:

    So why not some hate crime charges??? THIS is the “social injustice” in America today……..

    1. Sharon Elkins says:

      Maybe because the definition of a hate crime is any crime based on prejudice or belief regarding the victim’s race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry?

      1. Gene Rey says:

        Then this fits!

  4. Beat him half to death and send him to Attica and put him in GP. They will finish the job.

  5. Robert Chase says:

    You are censors, not journalists.

  6. Sharon Elkins says:

    I am more disgusted by those sorry excuses for men that sat there squealing and filming while that poor woman was attacked.

  7. James Cross says:

    Now tell the inmates what he did and turn him out in the general population of the jail.

  8. Connie Harrington says:

    So who is he ? His name should be made public !

    1. Cyndy Mitchell Klaene says:

      Mark Gomez 36 years old. If you listen to the video. The reporter gives his name.

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