Brute robs man on Crown Heights subway platform as fellow straphangers watch

A 48-year-old man was waiting on the Utica Avenue subway platform when a brute punched him in the face and stole his money.

A savage brutally robbed a man on a Crown Heights subway platform on Aug. 16 while fellow straphangers simply watched the melee unfold, according to police.

The 48-year-old victim was waiting on the platform at the Utica Avenue station at around 6 p.m., when the brute blindsided him with a punch to the face, cops said.

A cell phone video shows the two men wrestling each other to the platform floor, as at least six fellow commuters watch the skirmish in awe.

After the scuffle, the attacker picked up $200 in cash that the victim had dropped and ran out of the station, according to police.

Cops described the suspect as a 25-year-old man who is approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 150 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to the identity of this male is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at, or on Twitter @ NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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