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Manhattan investment banker punches female train worker twice in face, cops say. He's charged with assault, harassment, menacing — and released without bail.
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Manhattan investment banker punches female train worker twice in face, cops say. He's charged with assault, harassment, menacing — and released without bail.

A Manhattan investment banker punched a female train worker twice in the face last week, police told the New York Post — and while the allegedly intoxicated suspect was charged with assault, harassment, and menacing, the paper said he was released without bail.

What are the details?

Jean-Francois Coste, 53, was at the Stillwell Avenue station in Brooklyn around 12:15 a.m. Friday when he allegedly punched MTA worker Tanya McCray as she came on the job, police told the Post.

A spokesman for Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union noted to the paper that McCray had just left the “crew room” when she spotted Coste trying to get into a restricted area.

Police said Coste punched McCray twice in the face when she wouldn't let him into the employees-only area, the Post said.

“It’s not a public area,” the rep added to the paper. “He was apparently drunk. She pushed the door so it clicks and locks, and he punched her in the face at least twice.”

Police noted to the Post that McCray fought back with her lunch bag, which contained a thermos, and left Coste with scratches and a black eye.

Coste took off but was stopped by transit workers and then arrested, authorities told the paper, adding that he was charged with assault, harassment, and menacing — and released without bail.

Suspect's employer speaks out

Tocqueville Asset Management — the Midtown investment firm where Coste has worked for nearly 15 years — suspended him, the Post reported.

“Mr. Coste has been suspended from the firm effective immediately,” the company said in a statement, according to the paper. “Tocqueville Asset Management is completely intolerant of violent behavior and, pending further investigation, will take whatever action is necessary.”

A Tocqueville spokesman would not say if Coste was suspended with or without pay, the Post added.

The Legal Aid Society, which represented Coste at his Friday arraignment, told the paper he has since retained a private lawyer.

More from the Post:

Coste could not be reached for comment. The private phone number listed to him was disconnected, and no one answered the door Sunday at his brownstone in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. He also did not respond to a message from The Post left on his work phone.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Coste has been with Tocqueville since February 2008, and was currently working at the firm as a senior equity analyst.He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 1993 and previously earned an MBA in finance at the NEOMA Business School in France.

Coste’s profile has been purged from the Tocqueville company website since the attack, and he has made his Instagram and Facebook accounts private.

He is due back in Brooklyn court March 1.

Anything else?

The paper, citing police, said two days after Friday’s attack a man randomly hit a female MTA worker in the face in a Times Square subway station — and her male colleague was kicked in the leg as he took down the attacker.

“We have zero tolerance for attacks on transit workers, and two senseless assaults days apart on employees just trying to do their jobs for the public is outrageous,” NYC Transit Chief Operating Officer Craig Cipriano told the Post in a statement. “We are grateful that the NYPD made immediate arrests in both cases, at Coney Island and Times Square, and hope the injured workers have a speedy recovery.”

If that isn't enough, early Tuesday morning a man — possibly wielding a hammer — hit an MTA worker in the head after breaking into a dispatch room at a Chelsea subway station, WABC-TV reported.

The suspect, 27-year-old Alexe St. Fleur, then grabbed a backpack and ran off, eventually hiding under a stopped subway train, the station said.

The victim was taken to an emergency room, WABC said, and St. Fleur is facing several charges, including robbery and assault.

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