Police are appealing for information on a man filmed hitting a commuter in Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
The New York Police Department is asking anyone with information to come forward. The identity of the perpetrator is currently unknown, but the victim is Luzby Gallego, a 60-year-old woman.
Authorities say the incident took place on July 15 at around 10:13 p.m. in Grand Central. He then left the scene in a northbound metro train. The police understand that the attack was not provoked.
Ms. Gallego suffered head and arm injuries and was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital. Viviana Martinez, the victim’s daughter, gave more details about what happened to her mother.
“You know, when you see these things on the news, you never expect it to happen to your own mother. It was too sad, ”she told CBS New York.
Ms Martinez went on to explain how her mother came home from work, playing the rosary on headphones while praying for a safe return home. When she was attacked, no one helped her and there were no policemen on the platform.
“She fell on her left arm and was totally disoriented. She didn’t know anything. She started screaming for help and no one helped her, so she just got on the train and called the ambulance from the train itself, ”she continued.
The attack on Ms Gallego came as crime is said to be on the decline in the transport system run by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. According to the report of The New York Post, data collected by the NYPD shows that crime on the New York City subway is on the decline. Last month there were 111 major crimes, up from 168 major crimes in May.
This means that for every million travelers on the network, there were 2.89 offenses committed in May. In June, there were 1.78 violations per million travelers.
The MTA attributed the drop in crime rates to the increase in the number of police officers in the rail system.
“The recent drop in transit crime began in June, with the addition of more than 1,100 NYPD officers to the subway system – which came after months of MTA inquiries,” Aaron said. Donovan, spokesperson for MTA, in a statement.