EXCLUSIVE: Woman punched in the nose while walking off Brooklyn subway

EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police are searching for a man who they say punched a woman in the face, breaking her nose as she walked out of the subway in Brooklyn.

The incident occurred earlier in March just before 7:30 p.m. on the 2/5 line at the Church Avenue Subway station in East Flatbush.

In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, the 52-year-old woman, who asked to not be identified, says the suspect was verbally harassing two other women talking on the train.

"(He was using) foul-mouthed language to insult them and scream at them," she said.

That is when she says she told the suspect that was not the way to talk to people - she says it enraged him. She says the suspect then followed her off the train, insulting her the whole way - and that is when they got up onto the street.

"He turned around, and just said 'now I can hit you,' and that was the moment where I already felt him hitting me," the victim said.

The woman added that it was an 'out of body perspective.'

"I never felt like a victim for some reason. I just felt this was so bizarre to me - I did not expect it," she added.

The victim refused medical attention.

"I provoked him to a certain degree, but the guy was already mentally unstable and in the mood to insult people," she said.

The suspect is described as a black man between the ages of 20-30 with shoulder-length braids. He was last seen wearing a white hooded shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this male is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)

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