By Bill Parry
A 64-year-old MTA worker was assaulted in Astoria after he told a rider to stop doing pull-ups on an N train’s handrails, according to the NYPD.
Police were looking for the man who was aboard the stationary subway car at the Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street station just after 1 p.m. last Wednesday.
The suspect was told by the MTA employee that it was inappropriate to use the handrails in such a manner, police said. A verbal argument ensued and it turned physical when the suspect punched the victim in the face before fleeing the station, according to police.
The victim sustained small cuts on his lip, but did not have to go to the hospital, police said.
Police described the suspect as a man of medium complexion between 20 and 25 years old, with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black short sleeved shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
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