Beating Caught on Camera
NEW YORK– Better think twice before stiffing a panhandler on the subway. A couple threw a commuter down a flight of stairs and beat him because he would not give them change, police said.
The beating at the Bronx subway station was caught on camera. Now cops have released the video in an attempt to catch the violent panhandlers.
At around 4:40 am on June 18, a 61-year-old man was climbing the steps to the Number 2 and 5 subway station on Pelham Parkway and White Plains Road. There a woman asked the commuter for money. He walked past her and continued to climb the staircase to the elevated station.
Then a man followed up behind the commuter. He punched the man in the face numerous times and then dragged him down the steps. When the victim landed on the street level, both the man and the woman began to punch him and tried to remove the bag that was on the victim’s shoulder.
A passerby intervened and the attackers fled. But not before stealing $20 from the victim’s pant’s pocket.
Police released the video in an attempt to catch the panhandling attackers. The male is dark skinned with a beard. He was last seen wearing a light colored shirt, shorts and white socks.
The woman is also dark skinned and was last seen wearing a light colored hooded sweater and dark colored pants.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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