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Straphanger Slapped by Other Passenger for Saying ‘Excuse Me’ on E Train

Sept. 13, 2019 By Allie Griffin

A woman allegedly attacked the passenger next to her when that woman said “excuse me” onboard a northbound E train Thursday, police said.

On Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5:45 p.m. a 39-year-old woman was traveling on the E train near the 71st Avenue station, when the woman next to her slung her bag over her shoulder, hitting her. The victim said “Excuse me” to the unknown woman, who then began cursing and yelling at her which escalated to physical violence when she slapped the woman in the face, according to police.


The 39-year-old victim got off the train at the Forest Hills/ 71st Avenue station, while her alleged attacker remained onboard.

The victim had scratches on her arm and face, but refused medical attention.

Police said the suspect is described as a black female, approximately 50 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 150 pounds with brown eyes and long black dreadlocks which were pulled into a ponytail. She was last seen wearing a multi-colored dress.

Police released the above photo and video of the unknown woman.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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The attacker looks like the same woman who had an article written up on here a few months back about an altercation on the train at the same station. Sounds like we need more MTA police in the subways and 112pct should go back to patrolling on foot instead of sitting on Union Tpke writing up people going 31mph. More people are being injured and assaulted by this individuals and homeless than being hit by cars on Union Tpke.


It’s a good idea to get into the habit of saying, “Pardon me” instead of “Excuse me.” No matter how gently, kindly, & genuinely you say “Excuse me” to some people, many of them only hear, “exCUUUUUSE ME!!!” And some of them will respond accordingly. I won’t go into who – from my own 64 years of NYC experience – is more likely to do this, because you should get into the habit of saying “pardon me” to everyone.

Paul Kersey

If you see a suspicious package or activity on the platform or train, do not keep it to yourself, tell a Police Officer or MTA employee, remain alert and have a safe day!

Sara Ross

I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve gotten hit with a backpack or while I was sitting my knees got hit with packages carried by people getting off and not one “sorry”. This woman is another mentally ill commuter who proves it doesn’t matter how you are dressed. I’m sorry that other woman was nice but got hurt anyway.

You don't say excuse me for hitting someone.

You “accidentally” hit someone with your obnoxious bag and you say excuse me? And you are wondering why you got beat up?

You say I’m sorry and then you take special care if your bags that encroach on others personal space.

Fed up

You’ve got it backwards. The victim, the person who got hit, said excuse me, not the person doing the hitting.

Frances Michaels

The woman who GOT HIT SAID….EXCUSE ME !!?? ….Since the lady hit her and didn’t say nothing !! Learn to read !

Common sense and logic are lacking in most NYers

Well, it all depends on how excuse me was said. Saying it AS you are pushing through someone is cause for concern. Choosing to go that way when the other side of the car is more convenient and vacant is cause for concern. On a relatively empty car and you is cause for concern.

Whereas hitting is never ok, you have to wonder how so many socially ignorant people ended up in the city that will swallow you whole if you miss your stop.


Yep, safest big city in America! I see Chirlane has been putting that $850 Million to good use helping the mentally ill.


FoHi- That’s probably not mental illness but learned behavior. How one s taught to resolve issues and react in social situations. Also people who come from environments that react with violence do have a disproportionate amount of frontal lobe brain damage according to studies commissioned by Federal Bureau of Prisons and Federal Correctional institutions , just to name a couple of commissioned studies.


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