Police: Suspect connected to Queens hammer attacks in custody

Police said on Monday that they had a suspect in connection to a series of hammer-wielding attacks in Queens. Credit: Colourbox
Police said on Monday that they had a suspect in connection to a series of hammer-wielding attacks in Queens.
Credit: Colourbox

Police said on Monday that they had a suspect in connection to a series of violent, hammer-wielding attacks in Queens.

Authorities were unable to confirm the identify of the man in custody, who had not yet been arrested or charged by early evening Monday.

On Sunday, police were looking for Anthony Coward, 28, in connection to three daytime robberies.

The attacks began more almost two months ago. On March 5, a 26-year-old pregnant woman said she was approached from behind on a Jamaica, Queens street by a man who struck her head with a silver hammer and fled the scene with her handbag.

Then on May 4, a 23-year-old man told police a man slammed a hammer at his head while at the Rockaway Avenue subway station on Fulton Street. The attacker proceeded to swing and hit the victim multiple times along his body before running off with the victim’s wallet.

Most recently a third victim said he was also at the Rockaway Avenue station when the 32-year-old took a hammer to his head as he used a MetroCard kiosk at the Rockaway Avenue station. The suspect again ran away form the station with the victim’s wallet.

Follow Chester Jesus Soria on Twitter @chestersoria


Bloomberg: Going green will grant you longer life…

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg tells Metro that cities are where fighting global warming can make a difference, and increase people’s lifespan.


Ban Ki Moon: "Climate change is an issue…

My message to you is: make your voice heard and your actions count. Change is in the air. Solutions exist. The race is on. It’s time to lead.


Earth Day New York food toolkits to help…

Hundreds of classrooms across New York City already have indoor container gardens that allow students to grow food right where they learn. But Earth Day…


NYPD announces street closures for United Nations General…

The United Nations representatives are in town, and multiple city streets will be closed to traffic through Saturday, Sept. 26. The NYPD is urging those…


10 Facts you won’t learn about Frankie Grande…

Frankie Grande is the worst and/or the best. Whether or not you're a fan, you'll want to know these facts about the polarizing player from "Big Brother 16."


Antoine Fuqua can kill someone with just a…

It's amazing what you can get done with the right tools. In designing the climactic battle in "the Equalizer," in which Denzel Washington's retired special…


Guess Ben Kingsley's worst filmmaking experience

Here's a fun game: Sir Ben Kingsley has made a lot of films since "Gandhi" in 1982, but at least one of them was a…


Does Lena Dunham have any secrets left?

Get a sneak peek at her new book to determine if it’s worth the read.


3 things that went wrong in Jets loss…

The Jets have very little room for error with a far-from-explosive offense.


Eli Manning finally feeling good in West Coast…

The Giants have very little time before their next game, but they still took a moment to relish the team’s biggest offensive outburst since Week 1 of 2013.


College football top 25 poll: Oregon, Alabama close…

College football top 25 poll: Oregon, Alabama close in on FSU


Jay Cutler takes Marc Trestman's coaching to heart

While Jay Cutler turned to an autobiography on the man who would be his head coach, Trestman had personal experience with the player.


5 gadgets to protect you from sharks, concussions,…

The medical industry is inundated with devices looking after all aspects of your wellbeing, from monitoring your sleep patterns to warding off shark attacks. We…


Are you a narcissist? We look at the…

I have a friend who constantly talks about herself and rarely asks any questions about my life. She is constantly preening, obsessed with her body,…


Lacking new ideas, Apple Watch disappoints health experts

Technology pundits were quick to predict the demise of most fitness wristbands and smartwatches when the Apple Watch was announced. But health care professionals and…


Sarah Doukas on social media, models and diversity

The maker of Kate Moss tells Metro how social media can drive the diversity change in the fashion industry.