Brooklyn subway platform attack leads to assault arrest

Tim Fleischer has more from Park Slope.

April 16, 2014 7:06:54 AM PDT
Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the assault of a 70-year-old woman on a subway platform in Brooklyn.

Surveillance images were released in the attack, which police say show 54-year-old James Showell after he punched Judith Moroney in the face on March 30 as she waited on the southbound platform of the R train at the 4th Avenue-9th Street station.

He then fled on foot.

"I felt like I was seeing stars," she said. "I felt this punch right up here. I was wearing my glasses."

Moroney told Eyewitness News that the attack was completely unprovoked, and that she thought it was the knockout game.

"Then I realized I wasn't knocked out," she said. "It was a surprise attack, and that's what I thought it was."

Showell is now charged with assault.

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