Anne Marie Washington, 57, thought her Friday night would only include battling the New York City commuter rush on her way home, but instead she was forced to fight for her life.
“It’s still fresh in my mind. … I’m walking off the platform and saw a white guy — well-groomed — standing,” she said. “As I pass him, I feel blows on the back of me,” Washington said in an interview with the New York Post.
Washington is currently recovering from a collapsed lung after she was stabbed and verbally assaulted. The incident is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force after the attacker allegedly called her a “Black b—-!” during the incident.
Washington said she had just got off the Q train in Brooklyn at the Church Avenue stop around 7:30 p.m. when she was attacked.
According to the Prospect Heights Patch, Washington sustained several blows to her face and back, and was also stabbed in the back.
The man also reportedly tried to fight another woman who intervened to help. The suspect was able to vanish into the night, aboard a southbound Q train. Witnesses say they tried to alert the station attendant, but the train was still allowed to depart.
At the station Washington initially refused medical attention, only noticing a cut to her lip, according to the Post. It wasn’t until the next morning that she realized the gravity of her injury.
“I didn’t know I was stabbed and my lung was collapsed,” Washington continued. “I got up and felt I wanted to vomit. [Then] I see blood on my pillow.”
Concerned, Washington’s roommate called 911 where authorities rushed her to nearby King’s County Hospital. She is expected to recover at the hospital over the next few days. “I’m breathing on my own and improving,” said Washington.
Using a drawing based on Washington’s descriptions, police created an artist’s rendering in hopes they can find the attacker. Authorities say the suspect is a white male in his 30’s.
Elected Brooklyn officials are now calling for a thorough investigation. They question why the station attendant allowed the train to leave the station and why the suspect was allowed to escape without an alert sent out to the next series of stations on the train’s path.
“This mother was merely walking up the steps, no dispute, no argument,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams during a Monday afternoon press conference. “The only reason is because of his sick mind, the hatred permeating in this country at this time.”
Immediate notification should have been made to the next station,” Adams continued. “The train would have been held and the person would have been apprehended.”
They also want to know why Washington was not escorted home by the police. She walked home on Friday not knowing the severity of her injury.
Officials want the suspect to be charged with attempted homicide if he is captured by authorities.