New York woman Sam Sweeney Saia claims she was punched in the face by an African American man who hurled racial slurs and threats at her during her subway commute to work. The 37-year-old claims she was assaulted after asking the man, whom she says was "man spreading me excessively," to give her some space. A video posted online shows the immediate aftermath of the incident.
"I was punched on the way to work by a stranger during my commute," the alleged victim wrote in a Facebook post. "A black man with his face completely covered with a scarf and hood pulled over his head was sitting next to me, he proceeded to press me against the wall and man spread me excessively."
Things escalated when Saia asked him to give her room: “B****, you ain’t nothing!" the man allegedly screamed at her. "I’ve raped white b****es like you, f***ing c***! You ain't nothing you f***ing b****!"
The female commuter said she then told the man to "relax" and put in her earbuds. In response, the man became more enraged, continuing to spew slurs her way before "he punched me in the face and banged my head against the wall," she says.
In the Facebook recounting the horrifying incident, Sam posted a photo of her busted lip. The woman made it a point to state that her post was a "douchebag warning" and "not a racial warning."
A woman on Facebook identifying as Sam's cousin posted a video of the immediate aftermath of the assault.
"The man on the left side of this video assaulted my cousin Sam Sweeney Saia on the N train at Bay Parkway in Brooklyn this morning while she was commuting to work," the woman captioned the video. "He was simply asked to give her some space and then proceeded to disgustingly berate her before punching her in the face and banging her head against the wall."
As seen in the video, a male commuter came to Sam's defense and told the alleged assaulter to leave the train. "Luckily another commuter stepped in to protect her," says the post. "We believe he was kicked off the train at New Utrecht."
"Get off the train bro, you just f***ing hit a lady," says the good Samaritan. "She’s bleeding, you piece of s***. You hit her in the mouth!"
When the man who allegedly hit Sam attempts to apologize, the 37-year-old responded: "F*** you. ... Have a better day than I’m about to have."
According to The Independent, "The police department is conducting an internal inquiry" into the alleged incident.