Suspect busted for slugging woman after she told him to stop manspreading on Brooklyn subway
Cops have arrested a man suspected of punching a woman in the mouth on a Brooklyn train after she criticized him for “manspreading.”
Derek Smith, 56, was busted Saturday in connection with the underground assault of 37-year-old Sam Saia, police said.
“It was a big relief for me,” Saia told the Daily News after learning about the arrest.
NYPD Transit detectives escort suspect Derek Smith from the District 34 precinct in Coney Island on Nov. 19, 2017.
(Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)
“I’m happy that he’s caught,” she said.
Saia was riding the N train through Bensonhurst Thursday morning when the man sitting next to her opened his legs wide, crowding her into the side of the subway car.
The man allegedly flipped out and got in her face after she asked him to make room for her.
“B—-, you ain’t nothing! I’ve raped white b—–s like you, f—ing c–t!” the man yelled, according to Saia.
Samantha Saia (pictured), 37, was punched by a man while riding the N train in Brooklyn on Nov. 16, 2017.
(Courtesy of Samantha Saia)
The surly straphanger punched Saia in the mouth, splitting her lip and thrusting her head against the wall of the subway car. A fellow rider sprinted through the car and grabbed Smith. The Brooklyn man got off the train at the next stop.
Saia (ct.) arguing with the suspect (lt.) on the train.
(Anthony Macca via Facebook)
Saia said she tried to report the incident immediately but got the run-around by police. The NYPD has opened an investigation into her claims.
Now she’s looking forward to moving past the ordeal.
“If I don’t have to, I don’t want to face him again,” she said. “I just want this to be over. I just want to be out of the spotlight.”
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