NEW YORK CITY — A mugger violently attacked four people aboard the A and C trains, leaving his victims with injuries including a broken jaw, broken eye socket, punctured lung and broken ribs, cops said.
In each incident, which occurred near three Harlem subway stops between July 23 and 31, the suspect asked the victims for the time before slugging and then robbing them, according to the NYPD.
The suspect first attacked a 31-year-old man aboard the C train near Saint Nicholas Avenue and West 125th about 9:30 p.m. July 23, police said.
As the victim began to say the time, the suspect assaulted him, breaking his jaw and eye socket, before fleeing with some of his belongings, cops said.
Two days later, the suspect robbed a 57-year-old straphanger on the same train near Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 116th Street about 6:15 p.m., leaving him with a punctured lung and broken ribs, police said.
Then on Wednesday, he robbed a 27-year-old on the A train near West 110th Street and Cathedral Parkway about 12:15 a.m. and sent him to the hospital with facial injuries, cops said.
The suspect also tried to rob another man, 36, on July 26 on the northbound platform of the Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 116th Street, but he fled empty-handed, police said.
He allegedly assaulted the victim in that case as well.