Woman viciously attacked in subway stairwell; Man suspected in several other assaults

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

EAST WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police are searching for the man believed to be responsible for at least five attacks on women in the same Brooklyn subway station.

Manal Guennad, 26, said she knew right away who the man was getting closer to her before pushing her against the wall and hitting her head just after 9 p.m. Saturday.

"My first though was oh my God it's him," Guennad said.

Authorities say it's the same man who has been viciously and randomly pummeling women at the Morgan Avenue subway station since November.

Guennad said he snuck up from behind.

"He didn't say a word, just started punching me, like randomly beating me up," she said. "All I was thinking was, 'Scream. Someone has to hear you. Someone must be around. Like, just scream as loud as you can.'"

She said police officers heard her cries for help and they have flooded the station since the assaults began.

But by the time they came to her aid, the assailant had fled.

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A victim named Bianca posted on social media that she was assaulted last Monday and had bruises, swelling and cuts all over her face.

At least five women, all in their 20s or 30s, were attacked in the late afternoon to early evening hours and were punched in their faces repeatedly.

Investigators believe the same man attacked all five women.

Guennad's head is still swollen and her back is sore from being pushed against the wall.

And while the headaches won't go away, she said it's the fear that is keeping her up at night.

"I'm still traumatized, I avoid the station I literally have PTSD from the staircase," she said.

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