Police are asking the public to help identify a man caught on video punching a 69-year-old man in the face inside the Eastern Market Metro station.
The suspect assaulted the man about 1 p.m. Friday, Metro Transit police said.
The incident began when the attacker pushed the man as he exited a train, police said. The men argued as they walked up an escalator.
The attacker walked in front of the victim on the non-operating escalator and then turned to face him, the video shows. The suspect appears to spit in the senior citizen’s face. Then, he punches him three times before the man collapses on the escalator. The suspect walked away, as bystanders stopped to help the victim, the video shows.
The victim was hospitalized with facial injuries, but was expected to recover.
Anyone who is able to identify the individual pictured below is asked to call Metro Transit Police Detectives at (202) 962-2121 and reference case #2015-21061. Tips also can be sent via text message to “MyMTPD” (696873).
Video via Metro Transit Police