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Woman Arrested For Attacking Music Performer At Manhattan Subway Station

Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting 

THE New York Police Department has arrested a woman in connection with a performer being attacked last month while playing his cello at a Manhattan subway station, our source, NBC News has reported.

According to the NYPD, Amira Hunter, 23, was arrested and charged with assault on Wednesday.

Stonix News reports that the Brooklyn resident’s arrest comes after Iain Forrest, a 29-year-old electric cellist who performs under the name “Eyeglasses,” was bashed in the back of the head with a metal water bottle while performing at 34th Street Herald Square station in mid-February.

Hunter, who has had prior arrests involving domestic violence, grand larceny and petty larceny but no criminal convictions, pleaded not guilty and was ordered to cooperate with supervised release.

“The judge in this case was right to order supervised release for Ms. Hunter, as she has no prior criminal convictions. 

“People still deserve the presumption of innocence, even when video is released early on, because that is only a small part of the story.

“Other people have been exonerated despite early video footage for exactly that reason,” Hunter’s lawyer, New York County Defender Services attorney Joseph Conza, said in a statement obtained by NBC News and made available to Stonix News

Forrest addressed the developments in a video on Friday, saying he was relieved and thankful that the suspect was caught.

“You may see on the news that the suspect was released under supervision; rather than get mired in the complexities of bail reform, I want to focus on everyone staying safe and moving forward positively with music,” Forrest said.

Video that captured the incident showed a woman lingering at the station watching Forrest perform, before suddenly attacking him. Forrest, who is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s performing arts program Music Under New York, previously told our source that the incident prompted him to decide to stop playing in the NYC subway system.

He also said he is in the process of forming a coalition to push for stronger protections for subway musicians.

The NYPD records information on reported attacks, but Forrest said he is pushing for more specific data to be collected.

“There’s just no tally or that simple counting and tracking of specifically musicians being attacked. 

“Once we have eyes on those trends, and you see, ‘OK, well, look, it’s against solo musicians who are at 34th Street Herald Square at the evening rush hour.’ Once you have that information you can better give resources to prevent that from happening with the NYPD,” he said.

Hunter is expected back in court on April 4 for a hearing.

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