The NYPD on Tuesday released a graphic video showing a young man being attacked on a subway and pleaded with the public to help them find the assailants.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea shared the unsettling video on Twitter, calling it a “heinous attack’ and asking for information that could help detectives find the culprits. In the video, which has no sound, the victim is seen being brutally beaten and kicked in the head on a subway car.
Although the video made rounds on social media recently, police believe the incident occurred in early November 2018. The attack was unreported to the police. They are still unsure where and why the attack took place.
“We believe as we stand here now that that incident took place in New York City. We don’t know exactly where…,” Chief Shea told the media Wednesday. “We believe the individual… went to the hospital, did suffer significant injuries, but again, didn’t report it to the police.”
In the video, the victim is cornered in the car, and unable to defend himself. He sustained significant injuries including broken teeth, bruising and potentially a concussion, according to police.
The video originated on social media and was sent to the NYPD anonymously. In an interview with New York Daily News, Chief Shea said investigators spotted the video on Instagram. NBC 4 New York said a concerned passenger also sent them the video.
Police have been able to tentatively identify the 22-year-old victim, but they need help finding the suspects. They believe the victim lives down South and are waiting to speak with him.
Police also believe that the person filming the video was involved in the attack.
Anyone with information can contact the NYPD tip line at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or directly message them on Twitter at @NYPDTips. All calls are anonymous.
Warning, the following video is graphic:
Your help is needed to identify those responsible for the heinous attack of a young person aboard @MTA subway car @NYPDTransit. If you ANY information at all about this vicious attack, please contact @NYPDTips 800-577-TIPS (8477) all calls are anonymous #YourCityYourCall pic.twitter.com/OgprIWwCDc
— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) May 21, 2019