NYC Subway Crime: Straphangers Flee Train After Passenger Uses Pepper Spray In Union Square Fight


UNION SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) — Train service has resumed after pepper spray was used during a fight on a subway train at Union Square station.

The incident was reported around 10 a.m. Friday

According to the police, passengers tried to flee the train and the station as a result of the incident.

According to police, a 77-year-old man was on an R train heading south when he was sprayed with pepper spray during an unprovoked attack.

The suspect, a man, then fled the station.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he is expected to survive.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

MTA spokesman Michael Cortez released the following statement:

“After a brief shutdown on lines serving Union Square due to the FDNY and NYPD response to that station, regular service has resumed. The cause of the incident that led to that response appears isolated.”

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