Man attacks woman who stopped him from swiping sleeping subway rider's bag: NYPD

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A man attacked a subway rider after she tried to stop him from stealing a sleeping passenger’s backpack, the NYPD said. 

The 53-year-old woman was riding a southbound D train in Brooklyn around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday when she saw a man trying to steal a sleeping passenger’s backpack, police said. When the woman tried to wake the sleeping passenger, the would-be thief got upset and attacked her, kicking her face and body, the NYPD said. 

The attacker got off the train at the Union Street station, where he boarded a southbound R train, police said. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, grey pants and grey sandals. 

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to police. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.