BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) – A 74-year-old MTA employee was kicked and punched in an unprovoked assault in the Bronx on Sept. 12, according to police and the TWU Local 100 transit union.
The in-uniform station agent was heading to work when he was attacked at the Nereid Avenue subway station on the No. 2 line platform, a union spokesman said. His attacker punched and kicked him in the head, face and body, police said.
The worker suffered a cut above his eye, a fractured nose, and a fractured facial bone, according to the union.
The suspect, who fled the scene at the time of the incident, was identified as 30-year-old Anthony Williams. Williams was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment. A judge set bond at $75,000.
Assaulting an MTA employee is a Class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, according to New York law.
The union and transit agency officials on Thursday had a message for district attorneys and judges. Transport Workers Union President Richard Davis and TWU Stations Division VP Robert Kelley say the case can serve as an example and a warning to anyone who would attack any transit crew member.
“Prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. We are sick and tired of it,” they said.
MTA Chairman Janno Lieber said these suspects should also be banned from the transit system if they are found guilty or plead guilty.
The union said bus operator assaults are up 39% and subway crew assaults are up nearly 70%.
Matthew Euzarraga is a multimedia journalist from El Paso, Texas. He has covered local news and LGBTQIA topics in the New York City Metro area since 2021. He joined the PIX11 Digital team in 2023. You can see more of his work here.