Man Punches 84-Yr-Old On Subway After Yelling 4 Disturbing Words

An elderly white man was recently allegedly attacked on a train.

The man on a New York City subway got punched by a black stranger who claims he hates white people. Even after getting punched, the elderly man felt bad for his attacker and was reluctant to report it. His friend, a retired police chief, talked him into filing a report.

John Stewart, an 84-year-old white man from Brooklyn, was riding the J-train on August 23 at around 2:30 p.m. With no available seats, the elderly man was struggling to hold onto the pole and his cane at the same time.

“I was trying to hold my cane and the pole at the same time. Apparently my cane fell on his legs and that’s what upset him. But I don’t condemn him,” said Stewart.

The man, as it stopped at Woodhaven Blvd., stood up and hit Stewart on the right side of his head. He shouted, “I hate white people and I hope they burn in hell!”

The attacker also threw the elderly man's cane across the train in anger.

A 17-year-old witness called 911, according to reports. She retrieved the cane for Stewart and says she saw the attacker hit a second unidentified man. He then tried to hit Stewart again, but the witness intervened to block him. The attacker then stomped off the train.

Stewart got off at Kosciuszko Street and called Peter Nicotra, his friend and pastor. Nicotra, of Grace Baptist Church in Woodhaven, took Stewart to the Jamaica Medical Center in Queens to have his bruises and swelling treated.

“He’s pretty sharp. He was just upset. He’s a good guy, he really is a good guy. He’s physically weak, he’s very frail,” Nictora said to the New York Daily News.

Stewart didn't want to report his attacker. “I’m not blaming him. I’m blaming the societies that put him in this situation. I think our society really has to get it together and ask real honest questions. There are a lot of hurting people out there,” Stewart said.

In light of recent racial tensions, including a massive white nationalist rally in Virginia a week earlier that resulted in violence and death, it’s not surprising.

“If I was a betting man I’d say this boy has never gone fishing with his father,” the elderly man added.

He wasn't going to report the incident, but a friend who is a retired police chief convinced him to do so. Police tracked down the young witness, who described the attacker as a 5' 7"-tall black man in his mid-20's, wearing a red shirt, black jean shorts, box braids in his hair, and who was sporting a beard.

So far, police say they have no leads on the suspect. It’s too bad; maybe he and Stewart, who seems like a compassionate and forgiving man, could plan a fishing trip and become friends. It would be nice to see people break through those racial barriers and come together instead of attacking each other.

Source: NY Daily News
Photo: Peter Nicotra, NY Daily News

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