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.
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.