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.
New York City Nightmares...are frequent. Train Delays. https://t.co/iKu9apLbyK— Roberto Betancourth (@Roberto Betancourth) 1459859054.0
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.
#ServAdv: Following an earlier incident at 65 St, #E, #F, #M, #N, #R and #7 train service has resumed with extensive delays.— NYCT Subway. Stay Home. Stop the Spread. (@NYCT Subway. Stay Home. Stop the Spread.) 1459865379.0
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.
.@MTA casually cancelling every city-bound E and F trains from Queens. https://t.co/xwba9hDaPD— Xavier Roberts (@Xavier Roberts) 1459858819.0
As of Tuesday afternoon, charges against the man suspected of making hundreds of commuters late for work and school had not been filed.