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Man in Custody After Attack on 78-Year-Old Woman on a Subway Was Caught on Video, Police Say



A man has been taken into police custody in connection with a brutal attack on a 78-year-old woman on the subway this month, officials said on Saturday.

The attack, which took place around 3 a.m. on March 10, surfaced earlier this week when a video of the assault was posted to the internet. The attack had received more than 10 million views as of Saturday afternoon.

A tall man wearing jeans, glasses, a leather jacket and a knit cap could be seen forcefully kicking the woman at least six times as she sat on a northbound no. 2 train that was pulling into the Nereid Avenue station. Assistants recorded the encounter and shouted but did not intervene. It was not clear what preceded the attack.

As the attacker made his way off the train, he turned to the recording and said, "WorldStar that" – a reference to a popular website that often showcases clips of violent altercations – followed by a racial slur.

The man was taken into custody on Saturday, said Dermot F. Shea, the Police Department's chief of detectives, in a tweet . The woman was not immediately identified by the police and has yet to be charged.

The woman was with an ambulance at the next train station, and treated for swelling and cuts to the face, the police said.

While crime in the subway – and the city – is not seen since the 1950s, violent encounters in the transit system posted to social media receive outsized attention. One such attack was the murder of 20-year-old Abel Mosso by rival gang members on a Queens subway platform last month.


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