Man assaulted, robbed on board Manhattan-bound 7 train in Jackson Heights: NYPD

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Cops are looking for at least four young men who assaulted and robbed a 7 train rider in Jackson Heights on Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

A 7 train rider was menaced by a gang of tough guys who proceeded to beat and rob him on Sunday evening, according to authorities, and police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst are searching for at least four suspects.

Police say the 34-year-old victim entered the Manhattan-bound 7 train at the Main Street station in downtown Flushing at around 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, when he was approached by a group of unidentified men who began to harass him. The young men punched him, fired a gel-shot imitation pistol toward him and tried to rip off his gold chain, but they were unsuccessful.

The rider was able to avoid the hooligans and moved to another car as the train continued to travel across the borough. The victim exited the train at the 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue transit hub in Jackson Heights. While he was on the platform, the same group of men came after him and forcibly removed his eyeglasses and smacked him across the face, police said. They ran off with his glasses and were last seen boarding an F train three levels down.

The victim did not sustain any injuries and refused medical attention at the scene.

The NYPD released surveillance images of four of the men on Monday and described them as being in their late teens or early 20s.

One suspect wore all-black clothing with a black face mask. Another wore a dark vest over a black sweatshirt and white sweatpants and a third suspect had bushy dark hair and was wearing a black jacket and white and black sweatpants. The fourth man wore a black jacket.

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