The suspect left hitting an Asian with a hammer in a hateful attack at a Manhattan train station has a long criminal record with nearly four dozen prior arrests, police officers said.
Christian Jeffers, 48, who identifies as a woman, was picked up just after 2 p.m. Wednesday — about 17 hours after she allegedly assaulted the 29-year-old male victim at 1/2/3 14th Street on Tuesday, police said .
Jeffers has been charged with assault, aggravated harassment and threats – all hate crimes – and criminal firearm possession, authorities said. Her indictment was due Thursday morning.
Prior to this arrest, she was arrested 47 times, dating back to 2007, police said.
Jeffers was released from prison back in June after serving nearly six years for second-degree robbery, records show.
A little over a week later, she was arrested for petty theft, police officers said.
She was also arrested in 2008 on a charge of prostitution and has previously been arrested for grand larceny, public indecency, theft from office and criminal possession of a controlled substance, police officers said.
The victim of Tuesday’s attack, who asked not to be identified, told the Post on Wednesday that he was returning home from dinner with a friend around 9pm when he came across his mentally ill attacker.
“He ended up crashing into me and after that he turned around and tried to come in my face quite aggressively and in that kind of process he ended up stepping on me,” the victim said. “He stepped on my foot and after that he took out the hammer and then I was hit on the head.
“I didn’t see the hammer. I just saw him reach into a pocket and pull something out,” he continued. “It happened too fast for me to react.”
He said New Yorkers were being forced to live in fear amid the recent runaway violence on the rails.
“It’s hard because when we’re scared or we just have to be constantly aware, scared of anybody who walks past you and just, you know, who knows what they’ve got, it’s not really a way of living ‘ said the victim.
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