EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — A New York City Transit subway conductor was assaulted at the Beverly Road station near Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn Wednesday night, according to police.
According to police, around 7:30 p.m. while the the No. 5 train was stopped in the station, a passenger was apparently trying to ride between the train cars.
When the conductor confronted the him, the passenger punched him in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement, police said.
Eric Loegel, with the NYC Transit Train Operators, Conductors, and Tower Operators union, said the conductor lost consciousness upon hitting his head on the ground.
The victim is a 36-year-old man and has been with New York City Transit for about three years and was scheduled to leave for a family vacation Thursday, Loegel said.
According to Loegel, the passenger was allegedly wearing a black mask, but police have not confirmed that.
Sally Librera, SVP of Subways for New York City Transit released a statement:
“Tonight’s assault of a conductor who was simply doing his job is despicable. The conductor was working to keep customers safe and service moving when he was attacked. Transit managers are with the victim now providing any possible assistance. Assaulting a transit employee under any circumstances is appalling and NYC Transit is fully cooperating with the NYPD as it searches for this perpetrator. We will do everything we can to support prosecution to the full extent of the law.”
He was taken to a local hospital. Loegel said he was in the critical care unit on Wednesday night. Police said Thursday morning that the victim was conscious and alert and they do not believe his injuries to be life-threatening.
The suspect fled the scene down Nostrand Avenue, according to Loegel. No arrests have been made.
He’s described as a male in his mid-30s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing a black mask, a black jacket, a gray hoodie and blue jeans.
Correction: The conductor’s age has been corrected.
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