Two Women Assaulted In Separate Subway Incidents


More violence on the subways.

On Saturday, May 20, a woman riding the Q train was beaten unconscious by a crazed homophobe, the New York Daily News reports.

At approximately 7:30pm, a 24-year-old woman and her girlfriend were sitting on a Q train when the perpetrator deliberately bumped into them and started shouting anti-gay slurs. When the two woman asked him to calm down, he began hitting one of them until she lost consciousness.

The incident occurred over a seat on the train and the perpetrator shouted, “I’m going to swing on the dyke,” a police spokesperson told BKLYNER.

The victim was taken to Methodist Hospital where she was treated for a broken eye socket, a concussion, and several cuts that required stitches, according to the Daily News.

Police arrested 27-year-old Antoine Thomas as he tried to flee the scene at the DeKalb Avenue subway station in Downtown Brooklyn.

Thomas was charged with assault and could face hate crime charges. He was released without bail on Sunday, the Daily News states.

Another subway attack occurred just a couple of days later on Monday, May 22 on a southbound 4 train.

Police are looking for this man in connection with an assault on the 4 train (Photo via NYPD)

The 32-year-old female victim boarded the train at the Borough Hall subway station at approximately 7:15pm. On board the train she found the suspect spewing anti-women, anti-white comments. When he began harassing another female passenger, the victim confronted him and an argument ensued, the police report states.

The suspect then punched the woman in the face as the train approached Nevins Street station and fled when the car doors opened.

The victim suffered a cut to her lip but refused medical treatment.

It is not known how long the suspect had been ranting on the subway and it is unclear whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a NYPD representative told BKLYNER.

The suspect is described as a 20- to 30-year-old, black male. The victim was able to take the above photo of him with her cellphone.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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  1. I am not a psychologist, and I can only wonder what a mental health professional would advise. But I have used the subway system for my entire adult life, and I have two things to say: firstly, I have immense, immense admiration for people who are so brave as to attempt to stop the verbal tirades of evidently profoundly unbalanced strangers. It is a beautiful and heroic impulse. However, we have seen repeatedly that such well-intentioned bystanders can be wounded, even murdered outright [as in the case of two men who tried to protect two young Muslim ladies from similar menacing rants]. My own experience is that it is best NEVER TO ENGAGE unless you are armed and truly prepared to react quickly to defend yourself and others from an out-of-control sickie. Those who are so very generously inclined might gently lead the target of the shouting as far from the pathological individual as possible, as quickly but as smoothly as possible. Ideally many bystanders could create a human wall to neutralize the situation by forming a barrier between the obsessed ranter and the person upon whom the ranting has been fixated. Very unfortunately one cannot be too careful; in this world it seems one can never be careful enough. Mental health has always been an issue, but the epidemic of entirely untreated mental-health issues is a ticking time bomb for innocents everywhere.


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