New York subway riders are on the lookout for a man with a hammer, who has already come up from behind and hit people over the head with his hammer on several occasions. One of the victims was a pregnant woman, so this criminal has no scruples what so ever when choosing his random victims.
According to CBS News on May 8, the brazen hammer attacker, strikes people over the head and then robs them. CBS spoke to a recent victim who was attacked at a Brooklyn subway station. This is believed to be at least the perpetrator's third attack. He attacked twice at the same Brooklyn subway station and once in Queens.
The most recent reported victim, Richianand Brijanand of Ozone Park said he got a good luck at the guy. While standing at a machine to buy his MetroCard pass he was attacked. The guy came up from behind at the Rockaway Avenue and Fulton Street A and C train station in Bedford-Stuyvesant and hit him full-force on the head.
Brijanand turned and saw the man holding the hammer up like he was going to hit him again. He was holding the tool with two hands. The suspect demanded the man's money. The attacker took $140 from his wallet and fled.
ABC News local reports that this attack, which happened on Wednesday, is believed to be related to the two other attacks, one at this station and the other in Queens. The attack in Queens involved a pregnant woman. The suspect hit her over the head with the hammer and took her purse. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital Center, report police.
In this attack the man got the woman's MetroCard and police began to track it use. The were able to get pictures of this man using the woman's card and they have released the image above.
Last Sunday a 23-year-old man was knocked to the ground and beaten with a hammer at the same Rockaway Avenue A and C train station in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. The man's wallet was taken in that attack.
In all three cases, the blows to the head was hard and could have easily done some serious damage. Police want to get this guy off the streets and out of the subways.
Police are asking today that anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. They can also visit nypdcrimestoppers.com or text any tips to 274637 [CRIMES] and entering TIP577.