A group of teenagers was caught on video brutally attacking a 15-year-old autistic boy on a subway platform in New York City.
The incident took place Friday evening at 5:15 p.m. at the Washington Heights’ West 181st Street/Fort Washington Avenue Subway Station.
Investigators say the boy was approached by three individuals before being pulled from a northbound A train onto the platform and called anti-Black slurs, making the attack a possible hate crime.
A disturbing viral video shows the group punching and kicking the teen repeatedly while at least one person recorded it on their phone.
The victim left with a cut lip and bruises all over his body. Police say he was stable when he was admitted to the hospital.
The incident has been reported to the New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force. No arrests have yet been made.
🚨WANTED FOR ASSAULT🚨 On 3/10/23 at approx. 5:30 PM inside the 181 Street & Ft. Wash. Ave. subway station, the subjects pictured punched the victim causing injuries. Any info call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). https://t.co/KYi0L4Wrfo or on Twitter @NYPDTips pic.twitter.com/nujJRiB43P
— NYPD 34th Precinct (@NYPD34Pct) March 13, 2023
To protest racism and bullying, community members gathered outside the subway station where Tuesday’s attack took place. They claimed that the victim was part of a group called “Transit Kids”, children with developmental disabilities who enjoy riding trains.
It is unclear what led to the attack, but anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).