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Man punched in head tumbles down flight of stairs in Bronx subway


A homeless man was slugged in the back of the head and sent flying down a flight of stairs in a Bronx subway station, police said Friday.


Andres Cortijo was attacked after he got off an uptown No. 5 train at the 160th St. and Prospect Ave station around 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 1, according to cops.


The 65-year-old man said two young men and a girl invited him to go through the turnstile.


“It seemed suspicious so I went through the gate,” recalled Cortijo. “Then the one in the blue said ‘You’re an idiot.’ I said ‘The only idiot around here is you’.”

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As he walked to the exit of the elevated train station, one of the men attacked him, Cortijo said.


Medics rushed him to Lincoln Hospital where he said he spent four days being treated.


The attacker, who left Cortijo’s belongings untouched, is still at large, said.


The feisty victim said that he wasn’t able to defend himself against his assailant.


“I’m 65. I wouldn’t have a chance,” he said. “In my younger days I would fight them. I’m still tough.”

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