Rocco Parascandola, Thomas Tracy
New York Daily News
Cops have identified four of the women dressed in bizarre neon-green jumpers accused in a caught-on-video attack on two teens aboard a Manhattan subway train.
Police released images of the suspects during a Friday press conference at police headquarters. NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said an accidental bump on the subway platform set off the green-clad monsters, who were caught on video attacking their 19-year-old victims.
Essig identified the four suspects as Darian Peguero, 26, Ciante Alston, 26, Mairam “Sisse” Issouf, 26, and Emily Soto, 34, all residents of the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City.
All four known suspects have criminal histories, with Peguero leading the pack with nine arrests.
Five of the suspects are still not identified, said police.
The nine suspects dressed like green aliens are TikTok performers who carried out their assault just after doing a video shoot in Times Square, said cops.
The teen victims were waiting for an N train in Times Square around 2 a.m. Sunday when the attackers came down the stairs “loud and obnoxious,” one of the victim’s mothers told the Daily News.
The teens tried to avoid the zany-dressed straphangers, but the suspects followed them onto the train and attacked them, the mother said.
“There was a bump on the subway platform,” Essig said. “One of the girls bumped into the other. It just escalated onto the train and got out of hand. When the fighting escalated one of (the suspects) ripped off the purse containing the victim’s ID.”
Essig’s rundown of the incident was in line with an account given to the Daily News by the mother of one of the victims.
“There were no words exchanged prior,” said the victim’s mom, who asked to remain anonymous. “In police footage I’ve seen, you could see that my daughter and her friend were standing on the platform talking and laughing. They bumped my daughter and her friend, like strong-armed them.”
The assailants kicked and repeatedly punched the teens as at least one member of the group walked away, apparently not interested in joining the fight, the video shows.
The victim’s mother described her daughter as 5 feet 4 inches tall, with her friend about the same height.
“My daughter is a tiny little girl and so is her friend and some of these women were three times their size. They were big women,” the mom said.
One of the Shrek look-alikes spin-kicked a victim into a chair and onto the floor of the train as at least four men onboard watched or recorded the chaos.
One of the woman was carrying a knife on her leg, the victim’s mom said.
“Thankfully my daughter is here. It could have been so much worse. These people belong in cages,” she commented.
Anyone with information about the four suspects are urged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.