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Hammer-wielding robber wanted in at least 3 subway attacks

NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — A violent robber who hits his victims with a hammer then makes off with their cash has been connected to at least three attacks on unsuspecting subway commuters in New York City, police said.

Cory Healy was attacked inside the Rockaway Avenue train station in Brooklyn Sunday morning.

Healy told PIX 11 News he was buying a Metro Card, “and next thing you know, I’m on the floor and there’s a guy looking over me with a hammer.”

Healy quickly gave up his wallet.

“I was just thinking about whatever I can do to get this guy off my back,” he said.

EXCLUSIVE: Man attacked by hammer wielding man in Brooklyn describes frightening experience

Cory Healy was attacked outside says his hat helped cushion some of the hammer’s blow.

Remarkably, Healy did not suffer significant physical injuries. He believes his hat helped to cushion some of the hammer’s blow, protecting him from serious harm.

Police believe the attacker also used a hammer to rob someone in the Kew Gardens section of Queens in March.

He most recently struck during the Wednesday morning rush at the Rockaway Avenue station, where a 32-year-old man distracted at a Metro Card kiosk was attacked from behind, police said. There was an increased police presence Thursday at that subway stop.

Surveillance cameras captured the attacker, pictured below. Anyone with information is urged to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or submit their tips online at www.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.com.

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Police released this photo of a man suspected of using a hammer to attack a commuter buying a Metro Card in Bushwick during the morning rush on May 7, 2014. (Photo: NYPD)

3 comments

  • Mohanand Ramnauth

    This is about, The latest victim, a 32-year-old man that got hit with the hammer in the subway, well he is playing innocent and saying he is a victim, am surprise he didn’t say what he and his brother did, come in my block and was waiting and while I was walking down the side walk he drove up speed and slam his car into me , crushing my foot on the fence, taking one of my leg off, luckily I survive it, he came out on bail after 8 days in jail and then he got a blow to his head with the hammer at the subway , well that’s karma, and it’s all over on the news and I lost my whole leg above my knee and that’s not on the news,isn’t that crazy, and the cops let the other brother get away, how can u tell someone to turn themselves in when they commit a crime? Like really. And the funny thing he call the cops when he did it and left the scene and say it’s an accident and they believe him that day, hope he rot in jail for this!!

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