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Female subway conductor, bus driver targeted by urine-throwing man in the Bronx

The Transport Workers Union Local 100 said the suspect assaulted transit workers at and near the Brook Avenue Station.

The NYPD is seeking the public's help in

The NYPD is seeking the public's help in identifying this suspect in connection with two assaults on NYC Transit workers in Mott Haven.
  

The MTA is asking the NYPD to increase patrols after two female transit workers were assaulted on the job.

Police are currently searching for a male suspect who on Friday, at around 10:30 a.m., splashed urine he had in a container on a train conductor on the 6 line at the Brook Avenue station in Mott Haven. The same suspect then proceeded to splash urine on a nearby bus operator on the Bx2 route at 250 Grand Concourse almost an hour later. Both victims were 43-year-old women, according to the police.

As the transit workers' union warned its members of a possible serial attacker targeting women employees, NYC Transit president Andy Byford joined the union’s call for increasing police patrols in the transit system as part of a targeted response to the crimes to apprehend the suspect.

“These senseless attacks are disgusting and disgraceful — I’ve asked NYPD to step up patrols in response to the subway incident in addition to our prior request to increase police presence on buses,” said Byford in a statement, continuing: “And we will do whatever we can to help NYPD identify the perpetrator or perpetrators including sharing any video surveillance that may exist.”

Tony Utano, president of the Transport Workers Union Local 100, has suggested bus operators keep their windows closed, and advised train conductors to make sure they're wearing their goggles. Conductors should also immediately shut their windows if someone approaches them on a platform, he said.

The union is distributing wanted posters with an image of the suspect police obtained through surveillance footage, according to TWU Local 100.

“We will flood the area with wanted posters with the photograph of this criminal, and we look forward to seeing him in handcuffs,” Utano said in a statement.

The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 


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Police are searching for an attacker who threw urine on 2 female MTA workers in the Bronx.

The attacks happened about an hour apart Friday morning.


The first incident happened on the 6 train in the Brook Avenue station in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.

Police say a man exiting the train punched the conductor in the face and threw urine on her.

About an hour later a bus driver was pulling up to a stop on 138th Street in the Grand Concourse.


The driver said she saw a man who looked like he was holding a cup of coffee. She loaded her passengers onto the bus and as she was driving away she said the man threw urine at her, hitting her in the face and eyes.

The Transport Workers Union is warning employees to be on the lookout, keep their windows closed and make sure they are wearing goggles.

Police are going through surveillance video in a search for clues.

The NYPD described the suspect as a black male in his 20s, 5'7", 160lbs; last seen wearing a burgundy hooded sweater, a dark colored jacket, beige pants and red and black sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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