Kid’s costume question leads to violent assault on board E train in Forest Hills: cops

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Cops are looking for two women who assaulted a straphanger on a subway in Forest Hills.

According to police, at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, the 50-year-old female victim was riding a Queens-bound E train with two unknown women. When the victim’s 8-year-old son asked her why the son of one of the other women was wearing a costume, the two women started an argument with the victim.

Law enforcement sources said the altercation quickly turned physical, with one woman putting the victim into a chokehold and the other punching the victim in the face and hitting her in the head with a cellphone.

Cops said the attackers exited the train when it reached the 71-Continental Avenues station and fled the station to parts unknown.

On Nov. 13, the NYPD released video footage of the assailants during part of the argument.


Cops described one suspect as a black woman with eyeglasses between the ages of 25 to 30 years old, last seen wearing a gray shirt, dark-colored pants, a black jacket tied around her waist and carrying a black purse over her shoulder. The second perpetrator is described as a black woman between the ages of 25 to 30 years old who was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, a blue jacket and gray sweatpants.

Anyone with information in regard 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 their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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