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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.

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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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6 Comments

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.

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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.

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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 must.be. where.This.person.is. 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.

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FoHi

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

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Mac

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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