A 25-year-old man accused of beating a subway rider with a pipe on the C train last month is suspected of attacking a man with a brick outside a midtown concert hall a day earlier.
Leon Sims, of Brooklyn, was arrested for allegedly attacking the 35-year-old subway rider as he sat on a bench on the northbound C platform inside the Ralph Avenue subway station in Weeksville Sept. 22.
Law enforcement officials tell NBC 4 New York that Sims is also a suspect in the brick attack on Sept. 21. In that assault, the victim and his girlfriend were walking on West 58th Street near 11th Avenue shortly after leaving Terminal 5 when the suspect walked up and hit him in the back of the head with the brick, police said.
The mugger rifled through the victim's pockets but didn't take anything.
Sims faces felony assault charges in connection with the pipe beating, and likely other charges for the brick attack. According to law enforcement officials, Sims may be responsible for other similar beatings.
In the subway assault, the victim was hit multiple times in the head with the pipe, and he fell onto the subway tracks.
The victim was hospitalized in stable condition with head lacerations and a chipped tooth.
Information on an attorney for Sims wasn't immediately available.