Update: Man Arrested For Assaulting 78-Year-Old on Train

  Last modified on October 31st, 2022

UPDATE (10/31/2022): Police have announced the arrest of 31-year-old Reginald Matthews, a resident of the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, for his involvement in the incident described below. Matthews has been arrested on charges of Assault on a Victim 65 or Older. Public records show that Matthews is also facing charges of Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, both of which have stemmed from a different incident.

The police are looking for two suspects who assaulted an elderly man on a 1 train this week. If you see the suspects, please contact the NYPD through the methods listed at the bottom of this article.

The incident took place on Thursday at about 3:30 p.m on a southbound train approaching the 96th Street station.

When a 78-year-old man asked someone to lower the volume of music playing from their speaker, police say “The individual and his companion proceeded to punch the elderly male multiple times about the face.”


The elderly main got off the train with bruises and lacerations on his face. He was transported by EMS to an area hospital in stable condition.

The suspects stayed on the train and police believe they exited at the 34th Street station.

There were no arrests, but luckily someone took photos of the suspects and shared them with the police.

The first suspect is a Black male standing approximately 6’0″ tall and weighing about 185 pounds. He has a goatee and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a graphic on the front, a red bandana, gray jeans, a multi-colored backpack and white Nike sneakers.

The second suspect is a Black female who police describe as having a “medium build, long brown hair with brown eyes.” She was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket with a fur lining, a black t-shirt, orange sweatpants, black sneakers and black-framed glasses.

Anyone with information about these individuals 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 or by sending a direct message to @NYPDTips on Twitter. All calls are strictly confidential.

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