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Man Punches 4 Train Rider in the Face, NYPD Says

By Shaye Weaver | March 3, 2017 1:50pm | Updated on March 6, 2017 8:39am

UPPER EAST SIDE — Police released a photo of a man they say punched a straphanger in the face before fleeing on the 4 train in December.

On Wednesday, the NYPD put out a request for help in identifying the man from an incident on Dec. 15. It was unclear why they waited several months before releasing the information.

Just after 3 p.m. on Dec. 15, the unknown man got into a verbal argument with a 29-year-old man on the northbound platform at the Lexington Avenue/59th Street station. The man punched the 29-year-old in the face before getting on the 4 train, police said.

The victim was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital with a cut to his mouth, they added.

Police described the suspect as a man, roughly 35 to 40 years old, standing 6 feet tall, and weighing roughly 200 pounds. He was last seen in a brown jacket.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).