Straphanger Wanted For Slugging MTA Worker With Bag

Photograph of the alleged suspect. Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Photograph of the alleged suspect. Photo courtesy of the NYPD

By Christina Carrega

An MTA employee who was attempting to break up a fight between two passengers was seriously injured when an assailants’ handbag slapped him in the face, police said.

Police are looking for the passenger who allegedly struck a 48-year-old motorman in the face with her handbag during a verbal dispute. Police said she had three small children with her at the time of the attack.

On Dec. 27, the MTA employee saw two women fighting on the subway platform of the Court Square and Jackson Avenue G line and attempted to intervene.

As the employee was separating the two customers, one of them, hit him in the face and caused his tooth to chip. The train conductor suffered a laceration to his lip and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital-Queens.

The alleged assailant is described as an African-American woman, who is approximately 35-years-old, 5-foot-6 inches, medium complexion and thin build. She was last seen wearing a dark grey hat, black waist-length jacket, grey tights and red sneakers.

She was accompanied by three small children.

Anyone with information in regard 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 CrimeStoppers website at, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.