Man sought in robbery at Mets-Willets Point subway station prior to US Open: NYPD

Cops are looking for this suspect who allegedly robbed a 7 train rider before elbowing him in the head at the Met-Willets Point subway station. (NYPD)

A 7 train rider was assaulted and robbed near the Mets-Willets Point transit hub on the eve of the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, according to authorities.

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst and Transit District 20 are looking for an unidentified man who approached a 53-year-old man on board a Manhattan-bound subway train that was entering the station around 6 p.m. on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 28. The suspect allegedly snatched the victim’s cell phone from his hands and then elbowed him in the head before running off in an unknown direction, police said.

EMS responded to the scene and the victim was removed in stable condition to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Forest Hills for treatment, according to authorities.

On Wednesday,Sept. 7, the NYPD released a short surveillance video that shows the suspect on the platform at the station. He wore a black T-shirt, black pants and dark sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.