Man, 21, Arrested in Beating, Robbery of Woman in Brooklyn Subway Station

By Shimon Prokupecz and Gus Rosendale
|  Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013  |  Updated 5:54 PM EDT
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Police have released this surveillance video of an early-morning March 9 attack at the 18th Avenue F train station in Borough Park. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Police have released this surveillance video of an early-morning March 9 attack at the 18th Avenue F train station in Borough Park. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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Video Captures Violent Robbery of Woman in Brooklyn Subway

Police are searching for a man who was captured on surveillance video violently attacking a woman on the subway in Brooklyn last month. Gus Rosendale reports.
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A 21-year-old man faces robbery and assault charges in connection with the beating and robbery of a woman in a Brooklyn subway station last month, police said. 

Aidan Folan, of Bay Ridge, was arrested Wednesday, a day after police released surveillance video of a suspect, who can be seen in the video wearing a hoodie sweatshirt with "Alpha Phi Delta" on the front, and "Stugotz" and the number 27 on the back. 

Information on Folan attorney wasn't immediately available.

The surveillance video shows the suspect following the 56-year-old victim down the stairs at the 18th Avenue F train station in Borough Park at about 2:40 a.m. March 9. He punches her repeatedly and eventually throws her to the ground. 

The suspect empties the woman's purse as she lies on the ground, and then when she tries to escape, he chases after her. He finally runs off.

It's not clear if he first targeted the woman at the station or on the train. Subway riders in the neighborhood were rattled when they saw the brutal attack video. 

"It gives you nightmares. That's awful," said Claudia Trapp of Borough Park, who says fear of such violent robberies keep her from riding the subway late at night.

The woman sustained minor injuries.

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