NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New surveillance video shows a man officials say may be a serial urine attacker.
He’s accused of throwing that liquid in the faces of two female Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers in the Bronx, CBS2’s Reena Roy reported on Sunday.
The women were simply on the job when they were assaulted at random by that suspect, police said.
Police want the man behind bars as soon as possible.
“Wow, that’s crazy,” Mott Haven resident Eddie Burgos said. “For no reason whatsoever, that’s crazy.”
NYPD Release Video Of Urine Attack Suspect:
Investigators told CBS2 the suspect punched, cursed at and then doused a 43-year-old MTA conductor at the Brook Avenue 6 train station at around 10:30 a.m. on Friday. They said he did it again less than an hour later, throwing the liquid onto 43-year-old Trellis Robinson, an MTA bus driver.
“It literally went inside the shirt, the whole side of the shirt, here and my left shoulder was soaked,” Robinson said.
“I turned my head to pull out the bus stop and that’s when the guy just just threw a cup of urine all at my face, it went into my eyes, my hair, all over me,” Trellis said. “The stench was awful. It was gruesome.”
Both victims were treated at local hospitals. The suspect fled both incidents.
The Transport Workers Union is now urging commuters to keep an eye out for the suspect. He’s described as being in his 20s, around 5-foot-7 and about 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a burgundy hooded sweater and red and black sneakers.
“This person has to be sick and this person needs some help, because who do these kinds of things?” TWU Local 100’s Earl Phillips said. “This is a person who needs to be off the street.”
On Saturday, TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said he believes this attacker is targeting women specifically.
“Bus operators should keep their windows closed and train conductors should make sure they are wearing their goggles and immediately shut their windows if someone approaches on a platform,” Utano said.
“We will do everything we can to help the police catch this disgusting individual and put him in handcuffs,” he added.
Police said both of the attacks were completely unprovoked, so they are really hoping the public recognizes the suspect so that he can be apprehended and put behind bars.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.