- A 34-year-old Asian man fell victim to a violent attack involving a gel gun at the New York City subway on Sunday, according to reports.
- A group of muggers believed to be in their late teens or early 20s allegedly punched the victim and shot him with the fake gun, which police say used water-absorbing polymer as “ammo.”
- While attacking the victim, the suspects tried to snatch his gold chain but failed.
- When the victim got off the train, the suspects reportedly followed him to the platform, snatched his $500 prescription glasses and smacked him in the face.
- The suspects, who were last seen boarding a Jamaica-bound F train, remain at large.
A 34-year-old Asian man was robbed of his prescription glasses in a violent attack involving a gel gun on the New York City subway on Sunday.
The incident, initiated by a group of muggers, began inside a Manhattan-bound No. 7 train at the Main Street station in Flushing at around 4:30 p.m., according to police.
The group allegedly approached and harassed the victim. They then punched him and shot him with a “gel shot imitation pistol,” which police say used water-absorbing polymer as “ammo,” as per the New York Post.
In the struggle, the suspects tried to snatch the victim’s gold chain but failed. The victim managed to move to another car near the front of the train.
However, the attack did not end there. As the victim got off at the Jackson Heights – Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street station, the perps followed, snatched his $500 prescription Ray-Ban glasses and smacked him in the face, the New York Daily News reported.
Police on Monday released surveillance images of the suspects, whom they described as being in their late teens or early 20s. The group was last seen boarding a Jamaica-bound F train.
🚨WANTED for ROBBERY: On 11/6/22 at 4:30 PM, these individuals approached a 34-year-old man on a southbound “7” train at the Main St subway station, forcibly removed his prescription glasses from his face & smacked him. Any info? DM @NYPDTips, or call 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/SygTdeF5mZ
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 8, 2022
The victim did not require medical treatment. It was not immediately clear whether the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.
The suspects remain at large. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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