Elderly Queens Man Beaten on J Train

"I could not see anything," the victim told NBC 4 New York. "Only blood and blood, blood and blood."

By Checkey Beckford
|  Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013  |  Updated 11:24 AM EDT
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An elderly Queens man says he was beaten while riding the subway in Brooklyn last month and police are now looking for the suspect, who was captured on newly-released surveillance video.  News 4's Checkey Beckford reports.

Checkey Beckford

An elderly Queens man says he was beaten while riding the subway in Brooklyn last month and police are now looking for the suspect, who was captured on newly-released surveillance video. News 4's Checkey Beckford reports.

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An elderly Queens man says he was beaten while riding the subway in Brooklyn last month and police are now looking for the suspect, who was captured on newly-released surveillance video.

Kazi Fathah, 76, spoke with NBC 4 New York exclusively about the mid-December incident, which he says started out of concern for a young boy on the J train. 

The boy fell asleep on Fathah's shoulder, and he says he thought he would miss his stop. He thought the boy was riding alone.

At the same time, a man across the car -- who said he was the boy's father -- yelled out to Fathah, asking why he was speaking to his son.

Fathah says he told the man, "He was sleeping on my shoulder. I don't know that he is your son."

But the man then walked across the car and punched Fathah twice in the face -- first in the nose, then in the cheek.

"I could not see anything," Fathah told NBC 4 New York. "Only blood and blood, blood and blood."

Fathah's wife yelled for passengers to call the police, but he says only one rider called police and tried to help. The suspect rode the train for a few more stops before getting off at the Cypress Hills Station.

Police recently released surveillance video of the suspect leaving the subway station with his son after the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

 

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