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Train Hits Supected Mugger After He Tries to Take Teen's iPhone

People enter the subway at Union Square on December 19, 2012 in New York City. Following the recommendation of outgoing Chairman Joseph Lhota, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board approved fare and toll hikes Wednesday. The hikes, which will go into effect in March, include raising the base fare from $2.25 to $2.50, the 7-day MetroCard from $29 to $30 and the 30-day MetroCard from $104 to $112. Credit: Getty Images

A would-be mugging at a New York City subway stop Tuesday morning escalated into a full-blown fiasco that caused considerable train delays and the suspect getting struck by a train.

At around 8 a.m. Monday, a 33-year-old suspect tried to steal a 13-year-old’s iPhone, police told WCBS-TV.

When another subway rider attempted to aid the teen, the suspect punched the bystander in the face, according to police.

Officers said that when they arrived, the suspect fled across the express tracks, but was struck in the face by a passing F train.

The suspect, who was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for injuries to his face, was reported to be in stable condition, according to WCBS.

The incident took place on an M local train at the 65th Street and Broadway station in Woodside.

Angry commuters took to Twitter to voice their outrage after the incident that suspended service between Queens and Manhattan for about an hour, not resuming until 9:15 a.m. with “extensive delays,” the MTA reported at the time.

As of Tuesday afternoon, charges against the man suspected of making hundreds of commuters late for work and school had not been filed.

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