Police are looking for a man accused of masturbating at a Midtown subway station—and then flashing a gun at someone who tried to record him.
According to the NYPD, this happened on Monday, October 19th, at 11:56 p.m.: A 38-year-old woman was on the southbound platform of the 5th Avenue N/R station "when she heard a hissing noise beside her. When she looked to see what the noise was, she observed the suspect manipulating his penis outside of his pants."
Police say that when the suspect began to leave, the woman began to cry. A man asked her what was wrong, and she explained what happened—prompting the man to take out his cellphone and follow the suspect and film him.
As he reached the exit, the suspect allegedly "pulled out a black handgun, pointed [it at the man]" and told him to mind his own business."
There were no reported injuries. The police released the cellphone footage, showing a man with a mustache wearing a grey suit:
Midtown North Criminal Menacingby Gothamist
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
If you see someone masturbating, flashing or committing other indecent acts, the MTA's website has a place for riders to report subway misconduct and even a place for riders to submit images. Reporting subway masturbators is important, but also consider your safety.