Sketch released of attacker who landed fatal punch on subway platform

Posted at 9:26 AM, Jun 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-11 09:26:38-04

HARLEM (PIX11) – A 45-year-old man who was punched on a subway platform has died, and the attacker who landed the fatal blow is still at large.

Police released a sketch this week of the man suspected of striking the victim, who died Wednesday.

The pair began verbally fighting while they were on board a northbound 6 Train, police said. When the train pulled into the 125th Street/Lexington Avenue station about 8:30 p.m. June 6, the dispute escalated into a physical attack.

The wanted man punched James Kutza, of the Bronx, in the head, knocking him to the ground and causing him to strike his head on the platform, police said.

Described as a male with a light complexion, standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds, the attacker ran away. Kutza was taken to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.=

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call NYPD’s anonymous Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.