Suspect surrenders in NYC subway attack by group of women in neon green jumpers
An accidental bump on the Times Square North train platform set off the green-clad crew
By Thomas Tracy
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — A suspect has surrendered to face charges for a bizarre caught-on-video attack on two teens aboard a Manhattan subway train by a group of women in neon green jumpers, police said Tuesday.
Miriam “Sisse” Issouf, 26, turned herself in Monday, accompanied by her attorney. Cops charged her with robbery for the attack in which she and her green-clad friends allegedly pummeled two 19-year-old victims around 2 a.m. Oct. 2.
Cops released an image of Issouf during a Friday press conference at NYPD headquarters identifying her as one of the suspected muggers. Three other suspected accomplices, Darian Peguero, 26, Ciante Alston, 26, and Emily Soto, 34, have yet to be caught.
All of the women are residents of the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, cops said. Five other suspects are still not identified.
NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said an accidental bump on the Times Square N train platform set off the green-clad crew, who were in Times Square filming a Tik Tok video before the clash.
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“One of the girls bumped into the other,” Essig said. “It just escalated onto the train and got out of hand. When the fighting escalated one of (the suspects) ripped off the purse containing the victim’s ID.”
Essig’s rundown of the incident was in line with an account given to the Daily News by the mother of one of the victims.
“There were no words exchanged prior,” said the victim’s mom, who asked to remain anonymous. “In police footage I’ve seen, you could see that my daughter and her friend were standing on the platform talking and laughing. They bumped my daughter and her friend, like strong-armed them.”
The assailants kicked and repeatedly punched the teens as at least one member of the group walked away, apparently not interested in joining the fight, the video shows.
One of the Shrek look-a-likes spin-kicked a victim into a seat and onto the floor as at least four men onboard watched or recorded the chaos.
One of the women was carrying a knife on her leg, the victim’s mom said.
“Thankfully my daughter is here. It could have been so much worse,” she said. “These people belong in cages.”
Anyone with information about the remaining suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
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