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Robber Used Hammer to Attack Brooklyn Subway Rider, Police Say

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The hunt is on for a man who police say attacked another man with a hammer and robbed him Wednesday morning at a Brooklyn subway station.

The New York City Police department says the attack happened as the 32-year-old victim was buying a MetroCard at the Rockaway Avenue station in Brownsville.

Police say the suspect came up behind the victim, hit the back of his head with the hammer, and demanded money.

The victim complied, and the suspect ran away.

Straphangers at the station say the attack has them questioning their safety.

"It definitely disturbs me, because at this point you have to put your guard up even more. I mean, I don't know what to do now, you know?" said one rider.

"Protect yourself, at all times. You've gotta be aware at all times. When you walk, you've just gotta be aware of what you do," said another rider. "Even at 9:30 in the morning."

The station where the attack took place does not have a booth agent, although the station one block down does. Police were patrolling the station on Thursday.

The NYPD says it patrols throughout the subway system but some riders say they want to see better security.

"If the NYPD could be here more often it would be far much better," said one subway rider.

The victim was treated for a head injury at Brookdale Hospital.

His attacker is described as 5'10" tall and weighs about 140 pounds.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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