MANHATTAN — Three transit employees were assaulted within two hours of each other, according to a statement from the MTA.
The first incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. on a southbound M5 bus at Broadway and West 136th Street, police said. A pedestrian threw a glass bottle at the bus operator’s window, shattering the window. The bus operator and an off-duty bus operator also on the bus were injured by the glass and taken to a hospital. The pedestrian fled the scene.
The driver suffered lacerations to his nose and left ear, while the off-duty worker suffered lacerations to his left ear. The suspect was wearing a red ball cap and fled in his vehicle, according to police.
The second incident took place at 2:47 p.m., on a northbound A train leaving 125th Street. A man punched the conductor who was looking out the subway window. The conductor was taken to the hospital with injuries to his face, including swelling. The suspect fled the scene, police said.
Police are investigating, and MTA officials are cooperating in the investigations.
“The pattern of unprovoked attacks on transit workers is reprehensible to the MTA, our employees and all concerned New Yorkers,” said NYC Transit Safety and Security SVP Robert Diehl. “We are fully cooperating with NYPD investigators and expect the perpetrators, when arrested, to be subjected to maximum prosecution and sentencing.”
No arrests have been made.
CORRECTION: This article originally timed the A train incident as taking place at 12:50 p.m. according to an MTA statement, however, police confirmed the incident took place at 2:47 p.m.AlertMe