Police Identify 22-Year-Old In Brutal Subway Beating, Search For Attackers

May 22, 2019 - 3:29 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police have identified the straphanger who was brutally attacked while riding the D train in the Bronx.

The shocking attack was captured on cell phone video which shows the 22-year-old victim sitting in a subway car, trying to shield his face as attackers repeatedly kick him in the head.

“First and foremost, our major concern was, when you look at that attack and the viciousness of it – we didn’t know where it happened, we believed it happened in New York City, but we didn’t know when – and our primary responsibility there was ‘do we have somebody seriously physical injured behind a close door somewhere that time is of the essence,’” said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan.

Investigators first saw the clip on Instagram and looked for reports of assaults that matched the video clip, but ultimately found none. They then released the gruesome video to the press without blurring the victim’s face in an attempt to identify him.

“We believe the individual, and we have him tentatively identified, went to the hospital, did suffer significant injuries, but again, never reported it to the police,” Monahan said.

Investigators believe the attack happened sometime in November 2018 near the East 161st Street subway station.

Reports originally claimed the attackers has used slurs to address the victim during the attack, but Monahan does not believe the attack was a hate crime.

“What you heard was sickening and I say that because you heard people joking about striking another human being,” he said. “I don't recall names or anything dramatically of an evidentiary nature but it was just hard to listen to.”

It’s believed the victim is from out of state and now that authorities have located the 22-year-old, they are stepping up their search for the assailants, whose faces are not seen on video.

Anyone with information about the attackers is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.