NYPD looking for suspect who slapped 7 train rider in failed robbery attempt

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Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly slapped a 7 train rider in a bid to steal the victim’s cellphone. (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

Police from the 108th Precinct in Long Island City and Transit District 20 are on the lookout for a man who allegedly attacked a straphanger in the Queensboro Plaza subway station on Sunday evening.

Just before 9 p.m. on Nov. 28, the suspect was riding on a southbound 7 train entering the transit hub when he approached a 45-year-old man and grabbed his cellphone out of his hand.

The assailant proceeded to slap the victim across the face, and while doing so he dropped the rider’s cellphone, police said.

The victim was able to retrieve his cellphone as the doors opened, and the would-be thief bolted off the train and across the platform onto a northbound N train.

The victim suffered minor injuries to his face as a result of the assault.

The NYPD released a surveillance image of the suspect who they described as a man with a light complexion, last seen wearing a light-colored hoodie and a black vest.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspects 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 CrimeStoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.