Man Charged After Brutal Train Attack On Elderly Homeless Woman

A man is in custody in connection with a subway assault on an elderly homeless woman.

The attack reportedly occurred at 3am on March 10 -- but video of the incident only surfaced online this week as New York police put the call out to find the assailant, CBS Local reported.

Surveillance footage posted on Twitter showed a young man wearing glasses and a beanie repeatedly kicking an elderly woman on board a train that was pulling into the Bronx borough of New York.

"WorldStar that," the attacker said to passengers in the video, referencing the social media platform that often features violent videos.

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The 78-year-old homeless woman -- who was not known to the attacker -- was reportedly met by ambulance officers at the next train station, and treated for cuts and swelling to her face.

NYPD Chief Dermot F. Shea posted footage of a man in his 30s to Twitter, urging anyone with information on the individual involved in the "heinous attack" to contact authorities.

Police have now identified the attacker as a 36-year-old man -- who is now in police custody.

He has been charged with second and third-degree assault and harassment.

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The video -- which was viewed over 10 million times on Twitter was retweeted by celebrities including Debra Messing.

"Thank you to the worldwide community for the tremendous assistance," wrote Chief Shea on Twitter.

Main Image: Twitter/NYPD