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Unhinged suspect beats MTA worker with tool at NYC subway station

An unhinged attacker bludgeoned an MTA worker with a hammer-like tool inside a facility room at a Manhattan station early Tuesday, authorities said. 

The 51-year-old male employee was inside the room at the L train station at West 14th Street and Eighth Avenue around 2 a.m. when the 29-year-old suspect wandered in, cops said. 

The worker confronted the intruder — who grabbed a tool out of a bag spotted in the room, cops said. He struck the worker “a few times,” causing cuts to his head, authorities said. 

ESU cops escort the suspect out of the station.
The 29-year-old suspect attacked the 51-year-old worker inside a facility room, cops said.
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The worker is shown with cuts on his face and a blood-stained shirt.
The worker is shown with cuts on his face and a blood-stained shirt.
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Police said the tool appeared to be “some kind of hammer,” but sources described it as a metal pry tool.

The attacker also snatched the employee’s backpack, police sources said.

He then ran out of the room and hid underneath a train which was being held in the station, at the end of the line, cops said. Power had already been cut from the train, police said. 

Cops surround the suspect, who is cuffed behind his back.
The suspect hid under a stationary train and was removed by ESU cops, authorities said.
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The NYPD Emergency Service Unit responded and removed the suspect from under the train, authorities said. 

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, cops said. 

Charges were pending against him. 

A group of cops escort the suspect out of the station.
The victim was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation later in the morning and charges are pending.
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The worker could be seen in photos with cuts next to his eye and above his lip. A large blood stain can be seen 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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