In a disturbing incident that unfolded at the Nereid Avenue station in Wakefield, Bronx, on September 28, a 53-year-old male MTA worker was subjected to a violent assault.
The assailant, an unknown man, approached the MTA worker at approximately 11:55 a.m. during the course of his duty on the 2/5 line.
The assailant, without provocation, punched the MTA worker in the face and swiftly fled the scene on foot, leaving the victim in shock and distress. The direction of the assailant’s escape remains unknown at this time.
Swift action was taken following the assault. Emergency services were alerted, and the injured MTA worker was promptly transported to a nearby area hospital.
Thankfully, his condition was reported as stable upon arrival at the medical facility, providing some relief amid this unfortunate incident.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has launched an investigation into this troubling incident and is actively seeking information from the public. Authorities urge anyone with knowledge of the incident or the assailant’s identity to come forward and assist in the investigation.
In a statement, the NYPD has encouraged witnesses or those with relevant information to contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may provide information anonymously, and there is a potential reward for valuable information leading to the apprehension of the assailant.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the challenges that essential workers, such as MTA personnel, face in the line of duty.
The NYPD’s efforts to swiftly resolve this case underscore their commitment to ensuring the safety of all New Yorkers.