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Man-spreading prompts violent melee on New York City subway

April 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Man-spreading prompts violent melee on New York City subway

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Authorities are on the hunt for a group of men who reportedly attacked two passengers after a dispute over man-spreading on a subway became violent.

A wild melee broke out on Manhattan’s J Train in the Lower East Side just after 9 pm on Friday after a 53-year-old, who boarded the train at Bowery station with a 30-year-old friend, asked another passenger not to take up two seats.

The passenger moved over. However, the 30-year-old started arguing with the seat-hogger and his six friends over his man-spreading.

Police are searching for a group of young men accused of assaulting two fellow passengers after an argument on the subway turned violent. Two of the suspect are pictured above

A melee erupted on a J-Train in Manhattan’s Lower East Side shortly after 9 pm on Friday. Pictured are two of the six men the NYPD said are suspects

The incident then turned violent when the group started attacking the two men, the New York Daily News reported.

Officials said the 30-year-old was repeatedly hit with a hammer in the head, while the 53-year-old was kicked in the face and chest.

The suspects then managed to flee from the train at the same station.

The alleged assault took place after a J-Train arrived at Bowery station (pictured) in Manhattan

Both of the victims were brought to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The NYPD released photos of four of the suspects, all of whom are African American and in their early 20s.

Anyone with information is asked to contacted the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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