Delayed Release of Mugging Video on F Train Questioned


The NYPD’s Wednesday arrest of the mugger who violently robbed a 56-year-old woman getting off a Coney Island-bound F train at the 18th Avenue stop is raising questions even as it brings praise.

A video of the March 9 crime was only released on Tuesday, four weeks after the crime. Within a day of the video’s release, 21-year-old Aidan Folan of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, had been arrested by the police and charged with robbery and assault in connection with the attack.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is among those whose high praise for New York’s Finest is tempered with concern about what appears to be a delay in the process.

“We spent more than $1 million to protect our community and the people who come here by installing video surveillance cameras,” said Hikind, who oversaw placement of 120 security cameras in the nine stations in his district. Boro Park’s N train, D train and F train stops are all equipped with security cameras.