New York police officers have arrested a man after a video allegedly showing him kicking an elderly woman in the face on the subway on March 10 went viral.
The video, which was shared on multiple social media platforms, shows the 78-year-old woman in a grey coat sitting in the corner of a subway car around 3 a.m.
The visibly angry man can be seen attacking the woman, kicking her in the face and body multiple times.
BREAKING: A suspect is in custody after an elderly woman was brutally attacked on a Bronx subway train.
Chief Dermot F. Shea, the NYPD Chief of Detectives, announced the arrest in a Tweet on March 23: “The subject wanted for the brutal subway attack of an elderly woman IS IN CUSTODY.”
Shea also said that the victim was released from the hospital and is getting support and care.
The subject wanted for the brutal subway attack of an elderly woman IS IN CUSTODY. The victim was treated & released from the hospital & is getting the care, advocacy & support needed. Thank you to the worldwide community for the tremendous assistance. Add’l details to follow. pic.twitter.com/W4rFRDeuq2
— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) March 23, 2019
Officials said it’s extremely troubling that no one in the train tried to stop the man or help the woman when the attack happened, reported ABC7.
The woman tried to defend herself, holding up her arms to try to block the blows.
Meanwhile, at least two people filmed the assault and did nothing. Shouts can be heard in the background but no riders came to the woman’s defense.
As the train pulled into a station, the man yelled something at the elderly victim before turning around and looking at one of the people filming.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) March 23, 2019
“WorldStar that, my [expletive],” he said, directing the person to upload the footage online, before he exited the train.
The person filming continued standing still and recording instead of going to the woman and helping. She was seen holding a hand to her head and was in obvious pain.
No one called the police right away, officers told the New York Post.
Officers were finally notified when the train arrived at the next stop and someone who witnessed the assault got off the train and told an officer at the station.
Individual below is WANTED for a heinous attack of an elderly woman aboard a #2 train on March 10, 2019, at approx 3:10am, at the Nereid Ave Station in the #Bronx. If you know who he is or have info, contact CRIMESTOPPERS @NYPDTips ANONYMOUSLY 800-577-TIPS #YourCityYourCall pic.twitter.com/mmrhdkEhmh
— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) March 22, 2019
The victim was reportedly treated at the station by medics who responded to the scene.
Twitter user Rello, who posted the footage online, said that he was not there.
“For everybody asking me if this is my video. No and if I was there it was not going down like that. He was not getting away. New York City has to get better with ‘minding our own business.’ See something say something goes for everything,” he said.
“I only screen recorded the video to help catch this guy. You never put hands on any woman. Especially an older woman,” he added. “And any real New Yorker would’ve done anything but record this. These were obviously kids on the train with no real sense but to say ‘Ooos’ & ‘Ahhs.’”
He’s crazy that’s somebody grandmother. Rt and find this asshole pic.twitter.com/p7rkNtMrUo
— Rello. (@BKLYNRELL1) March 21, 2019
Epoch Times reporter Zack Stieber contributed to this report.