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Panhandlers Beat Man on Subway Platform in Bronx

Cops are looking for this man in connection with the beating and gunpoint robbery of a straphanger inside a Bronx train station.Photo byNYPD

Beat and Put Gun to Man’s Head When He Said He Did Not Have Change

By Dan Gesslein

Bronx Voice

March 2, 2023

BRONX - Cops are looking for a pair of panhandlers who beat and threatened a man with a gun when the subway rider refused to give them change.

At around 3:45 am on February 26, a 27-year-old man was inside the Morrison Avenue-Soundview station for the Number 6 train. A man approached the straphanger and asked him for money. The subway rider said he did not have any and walked to the southbound platform.

Cops say the panhandler followed him to the platform and then pounced. He threw the man to the ground and began kicking and punching the straphanger in the face and about the body.

Then a second man walked up to the victim and placed a black handgun to the victim’s head. The gunman removed the victim’s wallet from his pants. Then the gunman and the original panhandler walked out of the station together in an unknown direction.

However, one of the suspects was caught on surveillance video at a nearby grocery store with his face mask down. The suspect caught on video has a light complexion. He was last seen wearing a black winter coat with a white or tan hooded liner. He wore a grey hoodie beneath it and a dark baseball cap. He also had a beard.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident 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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