A man was caught on camera brutally kicking a 78-year-old woman in the face on a New York City subway, the New York Police Department announced Friday.
A graphic video of the incident, which Twitter user @BKLYNRELL1 shared on Thursday, showed a man wearing a black jacket and black hat allegedly kicking the elderly woman in the face while she was sitting down on a No. 2 train heading north at 3:00 a.m. on March 10:
Please help us bring justice to this 78-year-old woman who was brutally kicked in the face on 3/10 at 3:10 am inside the 238th St/Nereid Ave subway station in the Bronx. If you have any info, call @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS. Your calls are anonymous! pic.twitter.com/yf2TYjNm9D
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) March 22, 2019
The NYPD confirmed the legitimacy of the video in a follow-up tweet, showing an image of the man exiting the subway car at a Bronx subway station before asking the public to help the NYPD “bring justice” to the woman by reporting to the police any information about the incident.
Police say the woman tried to defend herself against the attacker while other passengers were shouting in the background.
Authorities said no one immediately called 911, and the person recording the incident continued to film even after the woman began showing signs of distress.
A bystander eventually approached an NYPD officer at the last stop, Wakefield-241st Street station in the Bronx, and told the officer what happened, the New York Post reported.
Medics treated the victim for swelling and bleeding at the subway station, but she declined additional treatment.
Investigators are searching for the elderly woman’s attacker and are hoping to speak with the victim.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), the agency in charge of New York City’s subway system, also said it will assist in the investigation into the attack.
“This is an extremely disturbing video,” said MTA spokesperson Amanda Kwan. “The NYPD is actively investigating this incident and we will offer any and all assistance we can provide.”