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Homeless Man Accused Of Attacking 3 Women On B Train

July 17, 2018 - 8:41 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Subway riders are on edge after a recent string of attacks aboard trains.

Police say the most recent incident happened Monday morning at Columbus Circle aboard the B train. A 55-year-old homeless man entered the train and immediately began punching multiple women for no apparent reason.

One victim told CBS2 that she saw the man attack one woman and tried to move away from him. She explained that he moved passed her but then turned around and punched her in the back of the head.

"He went by me slightly and then turned around and just punched me in my head and then ran. As he's running out the door he punched this Asian woman in her face, her right eye socket is like swollen and she was bleeding," the woman said.

Other riders subdued the man.

"People took action and I want to thank them," the woman said.

Police took the the alleged attacker into custody and found he had more than 60 prior arrests. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The attack occurred the same day police released footage of another incident in which a man pulled a knife on a train passenger who tried to prevent him from striking a toddler.

Earlier this month, a subway rider suffered a fractured skull after a panhandler allegedly hit him in the head with a metal pipe aboard a 2 train.

The NYPD said subway violence was down 5 percent compared to last year. Though, the victim from Monday’s attack believed the problem was “running rampant.”

“People aren’t getting away with crimes in the subway system like they did decades ago,” Transit Chief Edward Delatorre told CBS2. “Just about every commuter is armed with a cell phone, taking pictures of people who do commit these crimes.”

The man arrested Monday had also been arrested two years ago at a subway station in Brooklyn for public urination.