Metro

Thief punches woman in NYC subway station: cops

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A woman was punched in the face and placed in a headlock inside a Manhattan subway station early Monday — with the thief then bolting with her purse, cops said.

The 23-year-old victim was standing on the northbound D platform at the 34th Street-Herald Square station around 4:30 a.m. when a man punched her and put her in a headlock, according to police. 

The mugger grabbed her bag and then fled, cops said. 

The victim was taken to Lenox Hill HealthPlex with minor injuries, police said. 

The incident came a day after Akeem Loney, 32, was stabbed to death in an apparently random attack as he slept on a northbound 2 train that was pulling into Penn Station, cops said. 

Investigators later released surveillance photos of the suspect.

Police arrive near the scene of the assault.
Police arrive near the scene of the assault.
Robert Mecea

Loney was a gifted soccer player who was struggling to get back on his feet after years of homelessness, his former coach, told The Post.

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