Authorities Arrest, Charge Woman In Attack On Cellist In New York City Subway Station, Police Say

Brooklyn resident Amira Hunter, 23, was arrested Wednesday by the New York Police Department (NYPD) in relation to an attack on a cellist in a subway station, police said, Pix 11 reported.

Police arrested Hunter in Lower Manhattan, authorities said, according to Pix 11. The woman has been charged with assault, the New York Post (NYP) reported.

Her arrest occurred approximately two weeks following her alleged assault of Iain S. Forrest, according to the outlet. Hunter has reportedly been arrested on eight previous occasions. Most recently, she allegedly stole enough bathing suits from the store Bergdorf Goodman to amount to over $2,000, the outlet reported.

Hunter was additionally arrested in 2019 on two occasions for alleged assault following calls to law enforcement by her mother, according to the NYP. Other past apprehensions reportedly included alleged theft and criminal contempt of court.

A video shows a woman striking a musician over the head with a water bottle in the New York City subway on Tuesday evening.

Iain S. Forrest, 27, was entertaining the public with his electric cello when an unidentified woman approached him from behind and struck him on the head with a metal water bottle, video of the incident appears to show. Forrest posted a video of the incident online, showcasing what appears to be a disgruntled subway-goer intent on stopping the cellist’s underground performance. It is unclear who the woman was or what her reason was for allegedly attacking the musician.

The video appears to show the woman watching from a distance before walking up behind Forrest, grabbing his metal water bottle from the floor and using it to hit him in the back of his head.

“Anyone with information can call 800-577-TIPS to contact NYC Crime Stoppers,” Forrest posted on Twitter. “This marks the second attack I’ve endured in less than a year while performing for New Yorkers in subway stations. I don’t think I can do this anymore. I’m suspending subway performances indefinitely.”

Forrest is a renowned electric cellist, singer and songwriter. He plays concerts, weddings, galas, hospitals, high-end events and occasionally the subway, according to his artist profile.

In addition to music, Forrest is an MD-PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, according to the school’s website. The cellist often plays his music for his patients in the hospital, the school said. (RELATED: ‘Sanctuary’ Church Reportedly Pays $15,000 To Free Migrant From Rikers Island)

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect new information in this ongoing case.



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