MIDTOWN, Manhattan – The NYPD is investigating yet another subway attack after a straphanger said she was poked in the arm inside a Manhattan subway station during the Wednesday evening rush hour.
Police say the 37-year-old woman was entering the 49th Street station on Seventh Avenue at the turnstiles minutes before 7 p.m. when a man bumped into her and walked away feeling a "sharp pain."
When she arrived home, the victim noticed a puncture wound to her shoulder, according to the NYPD. She then went to a Queens hospital for treatment.
Cops say she described her attacker as a white male in his 40s. There are no further details at this time.
The recent assault comes after NYPD Commissioner Bratton said subway riders can no longer fall asleep during their commutes because of safety concerns.
“We believe almost 50 percent of the crime in the subway involves sleeping passengers,” Bratton explained. “If you’re sleeping, you might lose your wallet or your iPhone, you might be the subject of a sexual assault, so why put yourself at that risk?”
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 37 felony assaults reported in New York City's transit system – 10 of which were either slashings or stabbings, according the NYPD.