Epidemic of hammer violence in NYC

Epidemic of hammer violence in NYC

[Ed. – Great, now the hammers are attacking people.  Will the Phillips-head screwdrivers be next?]

Straphangers are on alert after police said a suspect attacked a man with a hammer at a Brooklyn subway station.

And as CBS 2’s John Slattery reported exclusively, police believe the attacker has done it at least twice before – on one occasion at the very same subway station. A pregnant woman was among the other victims.

Richianand Brijanand of Ozone Park said he was lucky the hammer blow to his head wasn’t more serious. …

Brijanand, 32, emigrated from Guyana 12 years ago and works for Staples office supplies. He was in the Rockaway Avenue and Fulton Street A and C train station in Bedford-Stuyvesant Wednesday morning buying a MetroCard when he was viciously struck. …

The photos of the suspect are clear, and one shows him smiling. Police described the suspect as a black male, 5-foot-10, weighing between 130 and 150 pounds.

Police believe two earlier incidents are related to the Wednesday morning attack – one in a residential neighborhood in Queens, the other the same Brooklyn subway station. …

Other attacks involving hammers have also made shocking headlines in recent months. Late last month in Astoria, three women were severely hurt when a suspect sneaked into a unit at Marine Terrace Apartments on 18th Street in Astoria, Queens.

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