Police release photo of suspect in New York City subway hammer attack

While a brave city health worker remains in hospital after a vicious attack on a subway station, the New York Police Department has released an additional photo of the maniacal robber who is wanted to hit her with a hammer.

The disturbing video of the assault of Nina Rothschild on Thursday night was recorded at Queens Plaza E, M, R station.

Rothschild was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center in critical condition with a fractured skull and bleeding in her brain, according to police and sources.

A New York Police Department spokesperson, who did not elaborate, said the Queens woman was in stable condition early Saturday.

The deranged Rothschild attacker, a man in a black hooded coat, black mask, blue jeans and black boots, is still at large. The police said he was carrying a stick.

New York Police have released a new photo of the suspect accused of hitting Nina Rothschild with a hammer in a subway station and are asking for public help in identifying him.

Rothschild was on her way home from work as a research scientist for the Department of Health around 11:20 p.m. Thursday when her male assailant crept up behind her and kicked her, apparently trying to bring her down, as she walked down the station stairs, according to police and footage.

The woman kept her balance, but then the attacker pulled out a hammer and scored the Rothschilds several times on the head. In the clip, it appears that he also tried to grab her bag before inflicting another set of brutal blows.

The patient finally snatched her pocketbook—which contained two cell phones, debit cards, credit cards, and an unknown amount of money—while his victim helplessly screamed, “Stop!” They ran up the stairs, according to the footage and sources. Police said he fled south at Queens Plaza South.

Subway Striker
The thief followed Nina Rothschild down the stairs of the subway station and attempted to kick her up the stairs before hitting her skull with a hammer. He proceeded to steal her pocketbook.
In the aftermath of the attack, Nina Rothschild was transferred to Weill Cornell Medical Center. She suffered a fractured skull and a brain hemorrhage and is in a critical condition.

Police said they believe the suspect targeted the Rothschilds after viewing her store before heading to the tube station.

Mayor Eric Adams announced Friday that the devious suspect wanted for assault on the Rothschilds must be arrested. “We need to catch him,” Adams said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, in Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Audiences can also submit their advice by logging in to the CrimeStoppers website https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.


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