William Blount Wiki, Biography, Age, Arrested, Queens Subway Hammer Attack

William Blount

William Blount Wiki – Biography

William Blount has been arrested after he was accused of kicking a woman down a New York City subway station stairs and striking her repeatedly in the head with a hammer – just days after Mayor Eric Adams vowed to crack down on violence in the transit system.

Blount was pictured as he was escorted out of Transit District 20 on Sunday after he was arrested for the hammer attack of Nina Rothschild at the Queens Plaza subway station Thursday.


He is 57 years old.

Queens Subway Hammer Attack

Surveillance footage from outside the station in Queens Plaza, in Long Island City, showed a man, reported to be Blount, walking with a cane as he approached Rothschild, as she carefully walked down the stairs to the subway platform on Thursday at 11:22 pm.

Blount reportedly began by kicking her in the back and attempting to knock her over, but when Rothschild stays on her feet and appears to try and slowly flee, he pulls out a hammer, according to authorities.

Police said he then proceeded to bash her in the head 13 times while she struggled, with the final hit knocking her over.

According to the New York Post, Blount, whose last known address is in Astoria, has a half-dozen prior arrests, including charges of robbery and criminal possession of a controlled substance, then grabbed her purse and fled.

William Blount Arrested

Blount, charged with attempted murder, robbery, and assault, allegedly kicked the 57-year-old city health worker down the stairs and bashed her head repeatedly with a hammer at a subway station, leaving her critically wounded.

He served time in the late 1980s for attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, records show.

Officers found the woman lying on the ground, suffering from a fractured skull and lacerations to her head.

Blount reportedly stole two cellphones, debit cards, credit cards, and an unknown amount of money from Rothschild, according to police, who was taken to nearby Weill Cornell Medical in critical condition.

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The attack comes just one week after Adams announced his Subway Safety Plan initiative and deployed 1,000 additional officers and teams of health workers to crack down on rising crime in the subways.

Adams said NYPD officers would be deployed on the A, E, 1, 2, N, and R lines to ensure public safety.

The E and R trains run through the Queens Plaza Station, where Thursday night’s attack occurred. The station is in the eastern end of Long Island City, an affluent area home to many young professionals and where Amazon considered opening its second headquarters back in 2019.

An MTA worker at the station told the New York Post he was surprised about the attack in the community.