Woman attacked on ‘E’ train after her 8-year-old asked why commuter’s son was ‘wearing a costume’: police

QUEENS -- A woman was assaulted on a moving 'E' train in Queens earlier this month after police say the victim's 8-year-old son asked her why another commuter's son was wearing a costume.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, aboard the train.

Police say the comment led to an altercation where one of the individuals placed the 50-year-old victim in a chokehold while the second individual punched her in the face and hit her on the head with a cellphone.

The two individuals ran off the train at the 71 Street-Continental Avenue station and fled the station to the street area.

The first individual is a woman, 25 to 30 years old, with eye glasses; last seen wearing a gray shirt, dark colored pants, a black jacket tied around her waist and she had a black purse over her shoulder.

The second individual is a woman, 25 to 30 years old; last seen wearing a red baseball cap, a blue jacket and gray sweatpants.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.