VIDEO: Brutal mugger assaulting A/C train riders

Police are investigating a string of violent attacks on A/C train riders in Harlem and Morningside Heights.

The reported assailant appears to be working his way downtown. The first attack occurred July 23 on a downtown C train near Saint Nicholas Avenue and West 125th Street at 9:30 p.m., while the most recent, just yesterday, was on a downtown A train near West 110th Street and Cathedral Parkway at 4 p.m.

Police have reported four attacks they believe to be by the same individual. His first victim, a 31-year-old man, suffered a broken jaw and eye socket. The second, a 57-year-old on an uptown C train near Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 116th Street at 6:15 p.m., sustained a punctured lung and broken ribs. Both were robbed.

The third attack was largely unsuccessful: The victim was beaten but the attacker fled without stealing anything. The fourth victim was attacked and robbed, and taken to the hospital with facial injuries.

Police have provided the above surveillance video from the first attack. Anyone with information regarding any of the attacks is urged to called the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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