NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Broadway actor was sucker-punched on the subway in an apparent random attack that left him with eye injuries.
Police say it happened at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the 103rd Street southbound B train station.
Alex Weisman posted photos of his fractured eye socket after the unprovoked attack.
“It happened so fast,” Weisman told CBS2’s Dave Carlin.
He says he was punched by a stranger twice in the head as he was stepping off a train onto the platform.
“I took about two, three steps off the car, and then I was attacked. Hit about twice, I fell down to the ground,” Weisman said.
Weisman is a member of the original cast of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.
After multiple surgeries for fractures, doctors are using lasers on the torn retina of his right eye.
“We’re just really trying to avoid a more invasive procedure, since I’m an actor and I need my face,” Weisman said.
Bloodied and barely able to move, Weisman managed to quickly leave the station, getting back onto the same train and traveling one stop to 96th Street.
There, two women he didn’t know initially took care of him and alerted officers. He praises them, paramedics and his medical team.
“They’re working under really extreme circumstances right now, and they’ve all been my heroes, and if I can just take this opportunity to celebrate them, I want to,” he said.
Weisman vows to keep taking the subway.
“I’m not gonna let this make me afraid of the train for the rest of my life,” he said.
He also says he hopes his attacker will get the help that he needs.
So far there’s been no arrest in the case.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.
Separately, a suspect has been arrested after allegedly shoving a woman onto the tracks at Union Square Thursday.
NYC Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg said Thursday the city must do more to address mentally ill people above ground and in the subways.
“It’s not fair to the people who are using the system. It’s not fair to the woman who experienced this today. We have a crisis in this city and it absolutely has to be addressed,” Feinberg said. “I’m desperate for this mayor or the next mayor to take it on because we have a long way to go.”
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