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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Police are investigating another case of violence in the New York City transit system — and it comes as police urge riders to remain alert to subway crime arising.

“The more people who ride, the more people will be killed,” said Lisa Daglian of the MTA Permanent Residents’ Advisory Committee. “Don’t be a victim. As far as you can, pay attention to where you are going, make sure your eyes aren’t buried on your phone and look around you. You know your surroundings.”

A 23-year-old man was hospitalized after a fight at the MTA station in Chelsea on Monday night.

The victim was struck on the head with a bottle on the platform at noon around 11:40 pm

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital. No arrests were made.

At the MTA board meeting a few hours ago Monday, an NYPD inspector said crime is on the rise in the transit system, fueled by a 50% increase in thefts.

Many of those victims were asleep or not paying attention, police say.

But robberies are very low – 18% of this season compared to last year’s percentage, just as riding has doubled.

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Crime trends were the topic of discussion among board members.

“I think those crimes were a pretext,” said board member Andrea Alberti. “No, I’m not afraid when I ride. I want to say the same thing to everyone: I know who you’re riding with.”

Police say the crime has been suppressed all year.

But just as the riding increased this casualty, so was the crime trended.

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Among other transition cases, the NYPD is working to solve another violent crime that occurred in Greenwich Village earlier this month.

A 26-year-old man is accused of digging into custody pictures shortly after the incident on October 4th.

This happened near the turntiles inside the 4 West Street A/C/E station.

Police are asking for public assistance in the investigation of the suspect.

Call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website crimetoppers.nypdonline.org or by summer on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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