CHELSEA, Manhattan (PIX11) — A subway rider was hit with a hammer on a platform at a Manhattan subway station Tuesday night, police said.
The attack happened around 9:30 p.m. at the Seventh Avenue-West 14th Street station in Chelsea, according to the NYPD. The suspect and the victim, who police sources said is of Asian descent, got into an argument on the platform before the attack. The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that police described as not life-threatening.
The suspect fled the station and no arrests have been made, as of Wednesday morning. Police told PIX11 News the attack was investigated by the Hate Crimes unit and it was determined that it was not racially motivated.
Police described the suspect as a man wearing a red leather jacket, jeans, red shoes, purple lipstick, and a purple wig.
The incident is the latest in a string of high-profile attacks in the city’s subway system despite the rollout of a new safety plan by Mayor Eric Adams several weeks ago. Adams said last week his plan will not fix what is happening in the system overnight.
He said it will take time, and the plan is changing as it’s being rolled out. Mental health teams are helping the homeless and NYPD officials say officers are working around the clock to help keep passengers safe.
Within the first week of the plan’s rollout, police arrested 143 people and removed 455 people from trains and stations, officials said. A spokesperson from Adams’ office said the arrests and removals were related to enforcing subway rules barring smoking, drinking, sleeping across train seats, behaving aggressively and riding without paying fares.
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