By Alice Gainer

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD shared an update early Thursday morning on the search for a man seen in a disturbing video appearing to attack two young boys on a subway platform.

Police said the man has been identified as the boys’ father. A source told CBS2’s Alice Gainer the children are not in his care.

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Video shows the man yelling and striking one child, then grabbing and shaking the other child by his head.

That man, police say, has now been identified as their 35-year-old father, Joshua Gilead.

The video in question was taken Friday night at the Fordham Road subway station in the Bronx.

Police sources say just before that incident occurred around 9 p.m., Gilead went to pick up the kids, ages 7 and 9, who live with their mother in the Bronx.

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Gilead allegedly hit her and one of the children, and after he left with the kids, she went to police to report the incident.

Police arrested and charged him with assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance by a judge, set to return to court at a later date.


But now that they’re aware of this new subway video, more charges could be coming.

He’s got a lengthy criminal record with prior arrests for robbery, drug possession, grand larceny and petit larceny.

Police sources say after the video came out, Gilead took off.

Police say Gilead lives in Harlem and they are searching for him.

The Administration for Children’s Services released a statement, saying, “Our top priority is protecting the safety and wellbeing of all children in New York City. We are investigating this case with the NYPD.”

The judge did issue an order of protection barring Gilead from contact with the victims.

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The public can anonymously report suspected child abuse or neglect cases by calling 311 in New York City or 1-800-342-3720 for the New York State Central Register. Click here for more information.

Alice Gainer