A mask-less couple attacked a 60-year-old woman who asked them to put on COVID-19 protective face coverings before getting on a Brooklyn subway station elevator — and then tried to keep them off the lift when they refused, cops said Wednesday.
The vicious attack, captured on video, erupted Friday in the Barclays Center station on Atlantic Ave. just before 12:30 p.m., authorities said.
The woman was waiting for the elevator, and asked a young man and woman also waiting to put on masks before getting on the lift, police said.
They refused, officials said. The victim was then assaulted when she tried to keep them out of the elevator.
Video footage from the subway station shows the woman standing in the doorway, blocking the two people. The man, dressed in a black knit cap, black jacket, grey pants and carrying a light-colored backpack, then pushes his way into the elevator.
The young woman, wearing a black and white sweater, dark pants and a black backpack, also tries to shove her way into the elevator, the video shows. Suddenly, she and the victim start shoving one another.
The young man is then seen lashing out at the 60-year-old, knocking her to the ground and punching her several times in the face and body. The young woman also appears to strike the victim.
The two quickly fled the station after the assault, cops said.
The victim was taken to the hospital and suffered bruises on her face and pain in her leg, authorities said. She was treated and released.
Police released the video in order to identify the young man and woman. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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