Police are looking for a suspect who kicked and punched the woman “numerous times” and fled on foot with her purse, New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives said. York, James Essig, at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

The woman’s family identified her as Nina Rothschild, a scientist with the New York City Department of Health. She was assaulted just 15 minutes after leaving work, police said.

The woman was attacked around 11 p.m. Thursday by a 6-foot-tall man wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and holding a cane, Essig said.

“This is an unprovoked, brutal and appalling crime for a woman who was just trying to get home from a day’s work,” Essig said.

Rothschild, who was bleeding from the brain, was taken to Cornell Medical Center with a fractured skull and facial lacerations, Essig said.

Part of his skull was replaced with wire mesh, according to his brother, Gerson Rothschild. She also has foot drop, a condition in which the patient is unable to lift their foot. It’s unclear whether it was nerve damage or a mental block, he said.

“Of course I can’t wish this on anyone else, it shouldn’t happen to anyone,” Gerson Rothschild told CNN on Saturday. “I wish it wasn’t my sister, but we have to make do with what we have.”

The siblings lost their parents 29 days apart in 2000.

“It’s just Nina and me, basically it’s just the two of us,” Gerson Rothschild said. “The little brother will do whatever he can to protect the big sister.”

54% increase in arrests in the transit system compared to the same period last year, according to the NYPD

NYPD Transit Bureau Chief Jason Wilcox said additional patrols would be added to all boroughs, but noted that the Queens Plaza station where the incident occurred is “a priority station” given that it is heavily trafficked.

“We’re working really, really hard to increase uniform presence throughout the system, on the trains, on the platforms, along the mezzanines, on the stairs, so that’s a top priority,” Wilcox said.

Having more officers will make people safer, Wilcox added.

“My directive and our mission is to be very visible, on trains, on moving platforms, taking trains from other stations, so that’s what we are dedicated to,” he said. he declares.

There have been more than 1,000 arrests in the transit system so far this year, Wilcox said, a 54% increase from data from the same period last year.

The attack happened a week after the announcement of the new public transport security plan

The attack came a week after authorities unveiled a new transit safety plan to tackle crime and tackle homelessness in the city’s transit system as part of a a new public safety initiative.

Mayor Eric Adams said Friday the goal is to prosecute people who violate basic rules, which don’t allow “the system to operate in a clean and safe manner.”

Adams said security teams operate at night and will target all crimes, from fare evasion to smoking on the subway.

Gerson Rothschild said he was “all for” the security plan.

“The thing is, I just think it’s a little early to see results, we just need to give it a little more time. … Hopefully my sister will be the last to be attacked. ”

“It’s a big city, anything is going to happen under [Rudy] Julian, [Bill] de Blasio or [Eric] Adams, bad things happen,” Gerson Rothschild said. “I just hope the perpetrator is caught and punished.”

Mayor Adams said he was “really angry” about the attack on Rothschild, and tweeted that the incident was “particularly gruesome”.

“Violence against any New Yorker is unacceptable, but the attack on a city worker who dedicated her job to keeping people safe is especially horrifying,” the mayor tweeted.