Visually Impaired Man Says He Was Hit in the Back of the Head at Harlem Subway Platform

A visually impaired man says he was brutally attacked at a Harlem subway station last Thursday, and police say they are searching for a suspect.

Farhan Kahn told NBC 4 New York he was on the platform of the at the 125th Street station transferring from the No. 6 train to the No. 4 train when a stranger punched him so hard he fell to the ground and was knocked unconscious.

Kahn woke up at the hospital with head wounds and an injured jaw. He said the blow to his head felt like a hammer had hit him.

Although he has trouble seeing, Kahn rides the subway every day with the help of his cane and said he relies too much on public transportation to be deterred by the attack.

“I love to travel by train,” Kahn said. “I cannot stay at home by fear that someone’s going to kill me, someone’s going to hit me.”

Kahn said he can’t describe his attacker because of his disability and because he was attacked from behind, but police said they may have surveillance video that could help them in the case. No footage has been released.

Kahn said he doesn't think the attacker was trying to rob him.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the attack can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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