A runaway attacker struck an MTA employee with a hammer-like tool early Tuesday in a Manhattan station facility room, authorities said.
The 51-year-old male employee was in the room at the L train station at West 14th Street and Eighth Avenue around 2 a.m. when the 29-year-old suspect walked in, police officers said.
The worker confronted the intruder – who retrieved a tool from a bag in the room, cops said. He hit the worker “a couple of times” and lacerated his head, authorities said.
Police said the tool appeared to be “some kind of hammer,” but sources described it as a metal pry tool.
The attacker also grabbed the employee’s backpack, police said.
He then ran from the room and hid under a train that was being held at the station at the end of the line, police officers said. The train had already been unplugged, police said.
NYPD emergency services responded and removed the suspect from under the train, authorities said.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said.
Charges were pending against him.
The worker was seen in photos with lacerations near his eye and above his lip. There is a large bloodstain on his shirt.
He was taken to Lenox Health Greenwich Village, where he was listed in stable condition, authorities said.
The MTA did not immediately comment on the incident Tuesday morning.
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