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Girls pulled off train by their hair: NYPD seeks help in identifying assailants

Video purportedly shows suspects wanted for allegedly assaulting two people on a Bronx subway.

New York police are seeking the public's help finding a group of a dozen girls they say taunted two other girls during an early-morning train ride in March, pulling the two victims by the hair off of the train at a Bronx subway stop. No arrests have been made, but now, in the hopes of catching the suspects, the NYPD has released video of the alleged incident.

The two 16-year-old victims were riding southbound on New York's No. 4 train on Saturday, March 31, at 3:15 a.m. when they were approached by the group - a dozen girls ages 15 through 18, none of whom the victims knew, according to the police. The group took one girl's French fries and then dragged the victims by the hair off of the train at East 176th Street, according to police, where the group took one of the victim's cell phones before fleeing.


Both victims refused medical aid on the scene, police said.

Nine days after the incident, police received a tip via a website unrelated to crime activity that there was video of the alleged assault, a police department spokesman, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to talk about the case, told msnbc.com.

"We received a tip that there was a fight on the No. 4 train on this website, and that's how we became aware of this," he said. Along with the tip was a short video with no audio showing teenage girls in a subway car, laughing. It's unclear what the girls are doing in the video, and whether the victims are in the footage.

"There's really not much to go on. [We have] no arrests. It's under investigation," said the department spokesman.

It's not known who shot the video. 

Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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