Tribeca, Manhattan–A subway rider took cellphone video that shows a brutal attack that left one man seriously injured, according to police.
Officials stated that the incident occurred on a downtown 2 train, near the Chambers St / West Broadway stop, at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Saturday.
The altercation began as a verbal argument between the suspect–who police say was a panhandler–and another male, who was sitting next to him on the subway. At some point during the argument, the suspect stood up and hit the male in the face with a metal pipe, according to police.
The suspect fled on foot when the subway arrived at the Chambers St. stop; the 59-year-old victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull and broken eye socket, according to police.
The NYPD said the suspect is believed to be a Hispanic man in his twenties–last seen wearing dark pants, a blue t-shirt, and a black hat.
UPDATE: Police stated that they took 35-year-old Geovannie Nieves, of Brooklyn NY, into custody last night in connection with this incident. Mr. Nieves has been charged with first-degree assault.
Once again, an anonymous Crimestoppers tip led to a successful apprehension & a safer city. This man, wanted for a vicious attack with a pipe on the subway, was taken into custody last night. Commit a crime in NY? We’re coming for you. Crimestoppers 800-577-TIPS #YourCityYourCall pic.twitter.com/LmsqibVjA7
— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) July 9, 2018