Man punches a bystander who he believed filmed a fight on board a train in Sunnyside

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Inset courtesy of NYPD

A 45-year-old man got punched in the face by a rider on board a train in Sunnyside last week because the suspect believed the victim was videoing his argument with another commuter, police said.

The NYPD released on Wednesday images and video of the slugger wanted for the incident that occurred on a Flushing-bound 7 train at the 46th Street station, in the vicinity of Queens Boulevard and 46th Street, at 11 p.m. on Dec. 22.

According to law enforcement sources, the 45-year-old man was riding the train when he observed the suspect in a verbal dispute with another man.

Seconds later, police said, the suspect — believing that the 45-year-old man had videoed the argument — punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the floor of the car. Both the suspect and victim departed the train at 46th Street, but the victim remained at the station and called 911.

Officers from the 108th Precinct and NYPD Transit Division 20 responded to the incident; the victim refused medical treatment.

Police described the assailant as a black man between 18 and 20 years of age, standing 6 feet tall with a medium build and black hair. He was last observed wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a long white jacket.

Anyone with information regarding the assault or the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.