Suspect Identified in 3 Hammer Attacks on Subway Riders

Investigators believe 28-year-old Anthony Coward attacked three subway riders with a hammer

Monday, May 12, 2014  |  Updated 6:52 AM EDT
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Hammer-Wielding Robber Suspected in 3 Attacks on Subway Riders: Sources

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Anthony Coward is suspected in three hammer attacks on subway riders.

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Hammer-Wielding Robber Suspected in 3 Attacks on Subway Riders: Sources

A robber who sneaked up behind a man at a MetroCard machine in a subway station and bashed him on the head with a hammer is now suspected in two other hammer attacks on subway riders, sources tell NBC 4 New York. Sheldon Dutes has the story.
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Police have identified a suspect in connection with three hammer attacks on subway riders in Brooklyn and Queens recently, authorities said.

Investigators are looking for 28-year-old Anthony Coward in connection with the attacks Wednesday and May 4 at a station in Bedford-Stuyvesant and on March 5 at a stop in the Briarwood section of Queens.

In the latest attack, the suspect approached a 32-year-old man from behind at the Rockaway Avenue C train station and hit him on the head with a hammer.

The victim fell to the ground and the suspect demanded his money. Once the victim handed over the cash, the suspect left, police said.

In the May 4 attack, a 23-year-old man was trying to buy a MetroCard at the same C train station when he was hit on the back of the head with a hammer. Sources said after he fell, the suspect kept beating him.

On March 5, a 26-year-old pregnant woman was also struck with a hammer near a subway station. She told NBC 4 New York she fell to her knees after he hit her and handed him her bag. He ran off after the attack.

Anyone with information on Coward's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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