NYC subway crime: Straphangers flee train after passenger uses pepper spray in fight at Union Square

UNION SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) — Rail service has resumed after pepper spray was used during a fight in a subway car at Union Square station.

The incident was reported Friday morning around 10 a.m.

According to police, the incident caused passengers to attempt to flee the train and the station.

Police say a 77-year-old man was sitting on a southbound R train when he was pepper sprayed in an unprovoked attack.

The male suspect then fled.

The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital where he is expected to survive.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

MTA spokesman Michael Cortez released the following statement:

“Following a brief suspension of service on lines serving Union Square due to the FDNY and NYPD response to this station, regular service has resumed. The cause of the incident leading to this response appears to be isolated.”

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