Sleeping E train rider awoken by a slap and a knife in his face in Richmond Hill

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Police are searching for a man wanted for threatening a train rider with a knife before fleeing the train in Richmond Hill.

According to police, the 46-year-old male victim was asleep on a Jamaica Center-bound E train at 7:40 a.m. on Monday, May 2, when he was awoken by an unknown man who slapped him in the face, pulled out a knife and threatened him with it.

The suspect — described as a 30-year-old black male — fled the train at the Jamaica–Van Wyck station.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct responded to the incident and the victim was not injured.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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