Hammer-wielding maniac in Woodside attacks subway commuter, robs shop of tip jar: cops

Woodside maniac attacks man with hammer
The suspect in Woodside who assaulted a man with a hammer at the Northern Boulevard subway station on Feb. 1, 2023.
Screenshot from video courtesy of NYPD

A hammer-wielding maniac who went on a rampage in Woodside earlier this week remains at large, police reported.

On Friday night, Feb. 3, the NYPD released video footage of the suspect sought for two incidents that occurred early on the morning of Feb. 1.

Law enforcement sources said he began his rampage at the Northern Boulevard subway station at about 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, targeting a 65-year-old man standing on the southbound platform.

Authorities said the suspect approached the victim and ripped the glasses off his face, causing scratches. The perpetrator then pulled out a hammer from his jacket pocket and took a swing at the man, striking him in the left shoulder.

Following the assault, cops said, the attacker fled on foot in an unknown direction. Police said the victim sustained minor injuries in the attack, but refused medical attention.

The video shows the suspect walking on the platform, carrying the large hammer in his hand.

Nearly two hours later, police reported, the suspect came calling to the Peace & Plants shop at 53-17 Broadway at about 5:18 a.m. that morning.

Shortly after entering the shop, authorities said, the perpetrator went on an unhinged fit, threatening employees and throwing merchandise. He then grabbed the tip jar and exited the store, heading for parts unknown.

Both incidents were reported to the 108th and 114th Precincts.

Police describe the suspect as a man with a dark complexion and a medium building, standing about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a bright yellow jacket, a red scarf with gold symbols, blue jeans and dark-colored boots.

Woodside rampage attacker
Photo courtesy of NYPD

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.