NYPD Releases Photo of Suspected Slasher in Queens Subway Attack

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has released a surveillance photo of the man believed to be responsible for a vicious attack on a Brazilian tourist at the Queens Plaza subway station. The incident, which occurred on February 15 at around 10:30 a.m., involved an unprovoked slashing of the victim’s neck from behind. The newly released image shows the suspect standing on the sidewalk, wearing a black vest over a gray hoodie and seemingly smoking a cigarette.

Previous photos of the assailant, captured near the turnstile area of the station, depicted him with his hood pulled up and a ski mask covering the lower part of his face. Despite the release of these images, the suspect remains at large as of Thursday afternoon.

The 29-year-old tourist, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, received medical treatment at Elmhurst Hospital. NYPD Chief of Transit Mike Kemper has expressed determination in apprehending the attacker, emphasizing the need for swift accountability and consequences once the arrest is made. Kemper stated, “We make arrests every day and we find ourselves arresting the same people over and over again.”

In an unrelated incident just two days later, another unprovoked act of violence occurred at the Queensboro Plaza station. A bearded assailant approached a 31-year-old man, striking him multiple times in the head before fleeing the scene. The victim was left unconscious, and the attacker remains unidentified.

Recent statistics from the NYPD reveal a spike in transit crime in 2024, following a decrease in such incidents last year. From the beginning of the year until February 11, overall transit crime has risen by 22.6% compared to the same period in the previous year. Felony assaults have increased by over 10%, and grand larceny in the system has surged by more than 39%.

Author: CrimeDoor

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