Last Thursday, in Queens, two commuters were injured while waiting for the R train. The incident involved an individual holding a piece of wood out of the train, causing harm to the innocent bystanders. It is important to raise awareness about such incidents and take necessary measures to prevent them from happening again in the future.
Authorities are currently on the lookout for an individual believed to be involved in three distinct attacks that took place on Thursday, October 5, all of which happened in a span of just 15 minutes. The police are actively seeking information regarding the whereabouts of this suspect.
At approximately 12:30 p.m., a 59-year-old woman was patiently waiting for the southbound R train at Grand Avenue station. Suddenly, a man held out a piece of wood from a moving R train and struck her in the throat with it. Thankfully, the victim only sustained minor injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital where she is now in stable condition.
Two men were standing on the southbound R platform at Elmhurst Avenue station at 12:40 p.m. when a man hurled a piece of wood at them from a moving R train. Thankfully, no injuries were reported to the police.
A 56-year-old woman was waiting at the southbound R platform at Jackson Heights Roosevelt Avenue station when a suspect suddenly held out a piece of wood from a moving R train and struck her on the head with it. The incident occurred at 12:42 p.m. Fortunately, the victim received timely medical attention and was taken to a local hospital where she received stitches.
The individuals who were injured have shared that they are still in the process of recovering from their injuries. They also expressed their belief that the incident could have resulted in a fatality had the circumstances been slightly different.
As per Olivia Wright, she is still contemplating the severity of the attack she faced at the Jackson Heights station.
As she recounted the incident, her voice trembled with emotion. “The whole platform was drenched in blood,” she said, her tone reflecting the horror of the experience. “I had to discard my clothes as they were completely ruined, and they were my favorite white ones too.” The memory of the event still caused her distress, and it was clear that the impact of the situation had remained with her.
Despite the passing of time, the aftermath of the injury still remains evident as her right eye is still black and her face is partially paralyzed.
Wright expressed how the scar on her body will be a constant reminder for the remainder of her life, “the scar will be there.” She also shared how the thought of it has affected her daily life to the point where she doesn’t even feel comfortable getting on the train anymore.
As she was disembarking from the train, Myra Brevard was attacked just 12 minutes before Wright.
According to Brevard, the incident happened in a flash. “It was all happening so fast. Just as the board was about to hit me, he thrust it forward and struck me right in the throat,” he recounted.
In a sudden moment, she experienced something that left her throat in pain. Despite the discomfort, she feels the need to share her story in hopes of bringing the perpetrator to justice.
According to Brevard, he was informed that had the bullet hit him slightly towards the left, his windpipe would have been shattered, and he would not have survived the incident. “I would have died on the platform,” he added.
Authorities have recently shared a photo of a person of interest who may be connected to the attacks. The individual was spotted wearing a black sweater, black pants, and an orange backpack before their disappearance.
According to Rich Davey, the President of NYC Transit, the suspect is being described as a “clown” and is assumed to be a repeat offender when it comes to subway crimes. Davey mentioned that he has a good understanding of how the perpetrator was able to attack two women on the platform but refrained from giving any details to prevent others from mimicking the behavior.
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