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NYPD: Subway Back Flip Performers Punch Passenger in Face After Argument Erupts

May 28, 2018 By Christian Murray

The police are looking for two men who were doing back flips on an “E” train while it was traveling through Queens, before getting into a dispute with a passenger and punching the victim in the mouth.

The two suspects were doing a back flip performance on the Manhattan-bound train at about 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, when one of the performers kicked a 28-year-old man on the leg during their act.

The victim got into a dispute with the two men before one of them punched him in the mouth. The performers fled in an unknown direction. The victim sustained minor injuries.

The suspects are both described as being between 25 to 28 years of age. One of the men is white, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and 170 pounds, with brown eyes and a brown goatee. He was last seen wearing a black hat, black hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and white shoes.

The second man is described as black, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and approximately 170 pounds. He has long black dreads and a black goatee.

The police have released video of the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

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Maybe that passenger shouldnt have exagerated & kept calm about it because shit happens & people are just trying to make some extra cash performing whatever it is they’re good at!

Everyone commenting about how performers are annoying ya’ll need to loosen up & stop being so uptight! Its NYC embrace everything about it & stay humble!


Frank Nigro

First, there is no such thing as subway performers. We as passengers must be afraid of other passengers using the hand rails and poles as jungle gyms? That is despicable? Typical Mayor DeBladio nonsense. Second, that suspect is definitely not white. Look again.



I agree that this sort of activity should not be allowed and should be stopped. It has nothing to do with the Mayor, however- he’s not all-powerful and has limited ability to control what goes on in the subway and how frequently the police patrol the subways.

Saying someone is white or not white is silly- quite often it’s an arbitrary way of describing someone. Skin color can vary dramatically and some people with very light skin may very well have ethnic or cultural aspects in their heritage which make them identify with being “not white.” It’s NOT about skin color- I happen to think the person in the photo has “white” skin but do not think that “white” or “black” is an accurate way of describing this person.



Why is nothing at all being done to stop these “performances”? They endanger passengers and are, at the very least, extremely loud and annoying! Start cracking down on these hooligans immediately and protect those of us who are law-abiding and are bothering no one!


Oscar Hernandez

“Performers”?! Trains are designed for transportation, to get people to where they need to go as quickly and as hassle-free as possible. These so-called ‘performers’ are a nuisance, and they shouldn’t be part of the deal.



“Performers”??! Trains are designed for transportation, to get people where they need to go as quickly and as free from stress as possible. These so-called ‘performers’ are a nuisance and shouldn’t be part of the deal.



I absolutely HATE every single type of subway CAR performer, and have never understood why it is allowed, nor why the idiot passengers applaud and give money!
To mr, it is akin to being HELD HOSTAGE against my will! When people perform on the platforms, or th we street, we have the CHOICE to stay and watch or to walk away. In the subway car, there is nothing you can do-not fair, not right.
As to these 2 imbeciles, I hope they are caught quickly and punishrd!


Sick O Thebullcrap

So is “performer” a new definition for panhandler? As far as I know panhandling is illegal on the subway.


John O'Reilly

Maybe the MTA can designate one subway car on each train for use by “performers” and folks with overflowing bags/shopping carts and anyone who wants to experience that can go to that car, and leave the rest of us alone.



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