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43-Year-Old Man Assaulted by Group That Tried to Steal his Phone at Astoria Subway Station

March 26, 2020 By Allie Griffin

A 43-year-old man was assaulted by a group of men who tried to steal his cell phone at an Astoria subway station last month.

The victim was riding a northbound N train on Feb. 18 when several men approached him and started a dispute at around 11 p.m.

The man got off the train at the Broadway station and the men followed him, police said. The group punched him multiple times in the head and face as they attempted to grab his phone.

The men were unsuccessful and fled the station empty-handed, police said.

Anyone with information in regard to the identities of the males 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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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Jack Sparrow

People need to be allowed to buy guns to protect themselves if the police cannot.

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More guns = more gun deaths

Sure, every state with more guns has more gun deaths.

But the group in this story should have had easy access to guns, the way you suggest. That would be great!

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Society

Where are the people labeling offenders as mentally ill or minorities disproportionately targeted by NYPD??? Those labels don’t work during coronavirus times??

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Kiki

I do not see see police patrolling our neighborhood as much as before. Perhaps that is because many officers are home sick and a good number of people left Astoria. Many (mostly the younger crowd) flew/drove back home to stay with family when they learned they could work from home, got laid off or just wanted to get away from NYC before the number of positive cases/sickness/deaths increased and hospital beds decreased. Departing flights to other states could get shut down (it is possibility). Florida is already telling NYer’s who traveled their to self isolate for 14 days because they saw such an increase of flights from NY. The building I live in is half empty. I see a lot of older people, working people and people who have tried to build a life here walking around who could not afford to get out while they could. So many people also went to their vacation homes which is what i will be doing this weekend. Be safe and lock all windows and doors at night.

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Jill

They should categorize threatening or the act of touching, punching, hitting, spitting, etc. on someone during robberies and disputes as Crimes involving weapons. Imagine being a victim. It is traumatizing enough being assaulted and/or robbed but then you have to worry about catching the virus and waiting at home to perhaps to develop severe symptoms for anyone to test you.

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