An unidentified man reportedly masturbated at a subway station in Midtown, then threatened a fellow rider with a gun when the latter tried to film him.
According to Gothamist, the NYPD said the incident occurred on Monday night at 11:56 p.m. local time. A woman on the 5th Avenue N/R station’s southbound platform said she “heard a hissing noise beside her.” When she turned to find out what was causing the sound, the 38-year-old “observed the suspect manipulating his penis outside of his pants.”
The woman began to cry, which caught the attention of a fellow subway rider. When the latter inquired as to what was wrong, the woman explained what had happened and identified the assailant, who was exiting the station. The rider followed the alleged masturbater and tried to film him with his cellphone, at which point the suspect “pulled out a black handgun, pointed [it at the man]” and “told him to mind his own business.”
Police released the brief eight-second clip above in the hope of identifying the suspect, who appeared to be a balding, mustached man wearing a grey suit.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. Otherwise, they can submit tips online or text TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES).
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