subway crime

Woman Attacked With Feces to Face, Head While Waiting for NYC Subway at Rush Hour

The suspect was later arrested and faces multiple charges

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Police are looking for a man who smeared human feces on the face and back of the head of a 43-year-old woman who was sitting on a subway station bench on a Bronx platform during the evening rush, authorities say.

The woman was sitting on the bench on the southbound platform at the East 241st Street station around 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 21 when the stranger attacked her.

Police released video that shows the man holding what appears to be a black plastic bag as he approaches the woman. He then mashes the hand holding the bag into her face before running off.

NBC New York's Marc Santia reports.

It didn't appear any words were exchanged prior to the attack.

The suspect, identified as Frank Abrokwa, was arrested Monday night, hours after video of the incident was released by police. The 37-year-old Abrokwa, of the Bronx, faced charges including forcible touching, menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment.

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

It's the latest disturbing crime to happen in the subway system since the city and state jointly rolled out a new safety plan less than two weeks ago. One of the more brutal recent cases involved a hammer attack on subway stairs that left a New York City health department employee in critical condition. A suspect has been arrested.

A woman was sitting on a Bronx platform last week when a stranger walked up holding a plastic bag.
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