Police have detained a guy in connection with a vicious assault that was captured on surveillance footage inside a Queens subway station. On Tuesday, September 20, at the Howard Beach-JFK Airport station, it happened about 5:15 a.m.
According to the authorities, a male approached a woman, age 33, and attempted to strike up a conversation before following her into the mezzanine.
The man allegedly pulled the woman across the mezzanine floor and threw her against the wall when she refused to respond and ignore the approaches. There, he allegedly continuously punched her with his fists and kicked her in the face and torso.
A bystander who attempted to step in was forced to back onto the platform when the man approached him. The perpetrator continued to kick and punch the victim before escaping the area.
Police intervened and took the suspect into custody. A serious but not life-threatening eye injury was treated on the victim, who looks to be a security guard, at Jamaica Hospital.
“Do you know how scared I am now? I was never a person to be scared,” victim Elizabeth Gomes said.
Since the attack, she has barely slept and claims that her head throbs with pain.
“I can’t see anything on my right side, honestly. And it just hurts,” Gomes said.
She claims that just prior to the incident, the suspect was babbling incoherently about “Satan.”
“He’s talking about the devil. He’s talking about a whole bunch of nonsense,” Gomes said.
Gomes’ husband is indignant and brokenhearted.
“Man, I watched the video, and it tears my heart out of me,” Clement Tucker said.
Waheed Foster, 41, the suspect, is currently accused with criminal assault.
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According to law enforcement officials, Foster was detained in 1995 for allegedly beating to death at the age of 14 his 82-year-old foster grandmother. He was detained six years later for using a screwdriver to stab his 21-year-old sister. Then, in 2010, while a patient at the Creedmore Psychiatric Center, he was detained for assaulting three staff members. At the time of the assault last week, he was out on parole until November 2024.
Gomes claims that the station was completely devoid of police presence. She said that no one was present to stop the incident or intervene when it occurred.
“Every day is an incident in the subway,” she said. “What happened to all these police officer they said they will have there to protect us? There’s like nobody to be found. I don’t understand.”
Here we have given a claimed video upload by Eyewitness News ABC7NY.