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Mother reports teenage son to police after woman strangled on subway, New York police say

A mother reported her 16-year-old son to police after a woman was strangled in New York City, officials said.

Early on Sunday, Dec. 4, a 25-year-old woman sitting in a Brooklyn subway station was approached from behind by a group of individuals, a New York City Police Department spokesman told McClatchy News via email.

The group then dragged the woman by her neck, the spokesman said. She was later treated by first responders at the station and the suspects fled.

The NYPD has released a photo of the group of hooded suspects taken inside the station and has asked for the public’s help in identifying them, the spokesman said.

Three days later, a woman took her teenage son to a police station to report him, according to PIX11.

The son, 16, has been charged with strangulation, according to Patch. Police confirmed that a 16-year-old was charged in the December 7 incident.

Video footage obtained by the NYPD indicates the arrested teen is the person who strangled the 25-year-old woman, Patch said, citing police. The incident may be related to a gang initiation, the outlet reported.

The investigation is still ongoing, according to police.

The incident follows a string of other recent violent attacks on New York City’s subways and platforms, according to the New York Times. In October, Mayor Eric Adams, a former police officer, announced an initiative to increase the number of police officers patrolling subway stations.

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