Four members of a female gang who assaulted two teenagers on a Manhattan subway train have been identified, the NY Post reports.
The suspects wore full-body neon green jumpsuits in the belief they would be invisible to the subway’s surveillance cameras.
In cell phone video, the gang members were seen punching and kicking two 19-year-old Asian girls on an N train at Broadway and W. 42nd Street around 2 a.m. Sunday. The victims were robbed of cell phones and a handbag.
N train to Astoria, Sunday around 2 a.m.
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In a press conference on Friday, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig identified the “Green Goblin Crew” as Dariana Peguero, Ciante Alston and Mairam Cisse Issouf — all 26 – and Emily Soto, 34.
Alston is pictured up top in a 2017 mugshot following an arrest on drug charges during a traffic stop.
Alston wore the distinctive afro puffs hairstyle in the cell phone footage. Peguero has the most extensive criminal history of the four suspects with 9 prior arrests, followed by Alston, with three arrests, Soto, who was arrested twice, and Issouf, who has one arrest, Essig said.
NYPD detectives from the transit robbery squad were able to ID the four suspects in the video footage from previous run-ins with the law.
All 4 suspects live in the NYCHA’s Queensboro Section 8 Housing projects in Queens, according to Essig.
Five other members of the gang have not been identified. All 9 suspects are still at large. Officers are actively hunting the career criminals.
Chief Essig said the assault on the train “originally stemmed from an apparent bump on the platform and spilled into the subway car.”
The mother of one of the victims told The Post on Monday that her daughter “said she was attacked by aliens, and I didn’t know what she was talking about.”
She continued: “Yesterday was her birthday. This is how she spent her 19th birthday. I hope they get what they deserve and then some because it’s disgusting.”
The angry mom suggested that the Democratic state’s lax bail reform laws were to blame for the increase in violent crimes.
She accused Gov. Kathy Hochul and politicians of “making these ridiculous laws and letting savages walk the streets with nothing but a slap on the wrist.”
She added: “Watch the videos of these two girls getting beaten by a gang of grown women, and imagine it was your daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother or friend. Put yourself in that situation,” she said.
“Animals belong behind bars. Make an example of them. What happened to the New York City we all loved? Start fixing it now!”
Watch the press conference below.