Norton Blake, the suspect who hit the New York subway, rants apocalyptically during the perpetrators’ walk

The hulking brute, who was accused of beating a disabled woman in a Manhattan subway station, ranted apocalyptically during his perpetrator’s walk – screaming that he was a man of the Lord and that “judgment is at hand”.

Norton Blake, 43, of the Bronx, joined the fire-and-sulfur tirade on Wednesday as cops ushered him out of the NYPD’s Transit Bureau District 3 headquarters in Harlem, where he was charged with assault over the act caught on Friday was charged. Camera spanking.

“Judgment is coming upon the earth!” Blake yelled as he limped beside his police escort.

“I am a man of the Lord and should not be treated that way!”

Wearing a black T-shirt and jogging pants with a gold pattern on the leg, Blake barked to the assembled reporters and photographers, “Move!”

“Take as many pictures as you want!” he said.

“You will remember this when the Lord brings his wrath upon you and this society!”

As police escorted him to a waiting squad car, Blake added, “As Donald Trump says, it’s fake news.”

Norton Blake lashed out after being charged with assault.
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Blake claimed to be a “man of the Lord” during the outbreak.
Steven Hirsch

“I shouldn’t be treated like this,” Blake thundered.
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“It’s one-sided…” he said.

“Use the Spirit of the Lord! World War III is just around the corner [the Earth].”

New footage of the attack, which took place around 3:30 a.m. on September 1 at the West 116 Street and Lenox Avenue subway station, is said to show Blake killing 60-year-old Laurell Reynolds with a cane, his belt and his Fists banged and talked trash to her like he did.

“I was helping you up the stairs with your damn walker, it just fell off!” He yelled as Reynolds crouched beneath him, according to video obtained by The Post.

Video shows the suspect, identified by police as Norton Blake, using a stick more than 50 times at Laurell Reynolds, a 60-year-old woman, in a Harlem subway station just before 3:30 a.m. Friday morning year-old woman, struck.
Sources say Norton Blake was caught by NYPD warrant squad early Wednesday.
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Norton Blake is seen in an undated Facebook photo.
Norton Blake, pictured in an undated Facebook photo, has been arrested nine times, sources say.
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“I was trying to be a brother to you!” He continued before telling her to “shut up” and pounding her exposed stomach with his belt.

He ended up hitting the woman dozens of times on the head, stomach, legs, arms, back and hands.

According to Richard Davey, President of the New York City Transit Authority, an MTA employee filmed the troubling incident and called the city’s Rail Control Center, which in turn contacted 911 while she documented the ordeal.

Laurell Reynolds, 60, a victim of a subway attack, speaks to a reporter while recovering at Harlem Hospital.
Reynolds, who was hit so hard and so many times that the cane broke across her body, was still recovering at Harlem Hospital on Wednesday.
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The woman described the attack as it took place, detailing what Reynolds and Blake were wearing, what type of weapons the alleged attacker used and whether there were any injuries, according to footage obtained by The Post.

“She’s being beaten with a cane now – and the cane broke on her,” the worker said, while Reynolds moaned in the background.

Responding officers initially released Blake after questioning him and Reynolds.

Norton Blake is carried by NYPD Transit District 3 at 145th Street in Manhattan, NY on September 6, 2023
The brutal beating stemmed from an argument between Reynolds and Blake as the elderly woman climbed the subway steps, a police officer said.
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The two told conflicting stories, and police told Reynolds that law enforcement said they had to include her as well.

Police eventually saw the video, although it’s not clear if that was before or after they let Blake run off into the Manhattan night.

Her response is now the subject of an internal investigation, the sources said.

Video shows the suspect, identified by police as Norton Blake, using a stick more than 50 times at Laurell Reynolds, a 60-year-old woman, in a Harlem subway station just before 3:30 a.m. Friday morning year-old woman, struck.
Police initially released the alleged perpetrator after he and the victim made conflicting statements about the incident, sources said.
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Reynolds has remained hospitalized since the attack.

NYPD warrant squad arrested Blake, who had been arrested nine times, around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

His indictment in Manhattan Criminal Court was pending.

Reynolds’ daughter, Lashanna Reese, 41, told the Post on Wednesday she was glad the suspect was finally wearing bracelets – but feared he would be back on the streets anytime soon.

“I’m glad they caught him, but they may as well release him,” Reese said.

“Now I’m afraid for my safety and my mother’s because he also has family.”


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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