Christian Jeffers has been arrested in New York City for a series of hammer attacks on random victims. According to police reports Christian Jeffers who has a very long criminal history with over thirty arrests would intentionally bump into people in the subway before striking them with a hammer. Christian Jeffers who has been charged with a series of assaults is now facing hate crime charges as well. New York City has seen a sharp uptake in crime over the last few months with random attacks increasing especially in the subway
Christian Jeffers More News
The suspect who attacked a subway rider with a hammer after bumping into the victim at a Manhattan station has been arrested and charged with multiple hate crimes, police said.
Christian Jeffers was arrested Wednesday, department sources told NBC New York and later confirmed by police. The 48-year-old was charged with assault, aggravated harassment and menacing, each as a hate crime. Jeffers also faces a weapon possession charge.
While being led by police out of the police precinct, Jeffers told reporters that the other man in the station “pushed me.”
It was not immediately clear if Jeffers, who last residence was listed as an address on the Upper West Side, had hired an attorney. Sources told NBC New York that Jeffers has been arrested more than 30 times pin the past.
Police and the district attorney did not specify what led to hate crime charges being filed. The MTA released a statement after the arrest, saying that they are “grateful for the outstanding police work by the NYPD who were able to locate and arrest the person who attacked one of our riders with 24 (hours) of the incident…we expect this perpetrator of a hate crime will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The arrest comes less than 24 hours after Jeffers allegedly attacked another man at the 14th Street station, using a hammer to bash the victim in the head.
The victim told NBC New York on Wednesday that Jeffers intentionally bumped into him after harassing someone else on the platform, adding that he had no time to argue before the blow was delivered.
The victim, who asked his name be withheld, says he was with a friend with whom he had just had dinner Tuesday. They were on their way home and encountered the suspect near the turnstiles around 9 p.m.
“We saw the assailant come out from the turnstile,” the victim said. “As he was coming out he bumped into another individual that was in front of us.”
Words were exchanged between those two, according to the victim. Then the suspect walked the victim’s way and allegedly intentionally bumped into him, though he says he tried to move to the side to avoid contact.
“He turned around, trying to get in my face, get in my face aggressively,” the victim said, adding the stranger ended up stepping on his foot in the process
What happened next was captured on video shot by the man’s friend. It shows the suspect screaming at the victim — something about, “Don’t you see me walking here? Don’t you have eyes? Open your eyes!’, the victim recalled.
Then the hammer came out. The victim was hit on the left side of his head.
“I just saw him reaching into a bag, pull something out — and I saw that,” he said of the hammer. “It happened too quick for me to react, I tried to put my hand up because I was expecting something but I just got hit regardless.”
It happened right by the subway booth, though it wasn’t clear if an agent was inside at the time. Police initially said the victim had suspect had some sort of argument, but the victim says the two had no dispute. He says the suspect was the aggressor.
He also says the suspect threatened the friend who shot the video.
The victim, who says he has spent the time since the attack in a constant state of fear, described the sharp pain he felt. He said there was blood pouring down the side of his head and that he was too shocked and dazed to do much.
“I want to get him locked up because he was clearly aggressive,” the victim said. “He was looking for trouble.”
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to be physically OK.
“It’s very sad what we are facing. We are trying to live our life as well as we can and it’s just unfortunate that we have to face all these adversities along with just all the struggles of life and it’s just unnecessary conflict,” the victim said of the current state of subway crime. “It’s unfortunate the city is the way it is.”
“It’s hard because we have to be afraid, just be constantly aware, like be afraid of anyone who is passing by you,” he added. “And you know, who knows what they have, you know. It’s not really a way to live.”
The incident comes almost two weeks after New York City started its new “Subway Safety Plan”, a 17-page program to fight the massive spike in transit crime in the still-recovering city. But instead of going down, major transit crimes were up 30% week over week in the first part of the rollout, with felony assaults nearly doubling.