Posted on August 10, 2023

Family Attacked by Teens on NYC Subway Were Enjoying Final Night of 6-Week Vacation Before Vicious Assault

Amanda Woods and Alex Oliveira, New York Post, August 8, 2023

The family who was attacked by a trio of teenage girls on a Manhattan train Thursday evening were enjoying the final night of their Big Apple vacation when they were viciously assaulted — and were shocked by such a random outburst of violence.

The family of four, visiting from Nevada, were riding the F train home around 8 p.m. when the teens targeted them.

“I never encountered this kind of violence, or you know, you read about in the news. I just say, ‘Oh, that’s not going to happen to me,’” the mom, Sue Young, told The Post.


Young, 51, was with her husband, Ken, and their 11-year-old twin daughters on the final night of their six-week summer trip.

The family was minding their own business when Young said the girls sitting across from them began to loudly laugh at them for no apparent reason.


“So I’m looked up from my phone and then they started pointing at us. Now all three of them were pointing and then laughing even louder.”

“So I started laughing with them, doing exactly what they’re doing. Except they took offense to it, so their demeanors changed. That’s when, you know, all the insults started coming.”

As the vitriol flying from the girls heightened, concerned passengers asked the Youngs if they’d made any racial comments that sparked the assault, which the mom said she didn’t.

“The only thing I might have said was we support Black Lives Matter. Why are you doing that? Why are you so angry?” she said, adding that she did advise the girls to “stay in school.”


Things escalated further when Young noticed a woman, Joanna Lin, 34, down the train car filming the situation — and mouthed “thank you” to her.


However, it only just riled the rowdy group of teens up more.


The Nevada native tried to push the teen away, prompting the rest of the group to attack her.


Authorities are investigating the random attack as a potential hate crime, however, Young and her husband both insist it wasn’t racially motivated.

“[The teens] weren’t saying any racial slurs,” the mom said.

“The only comment that could have been construed as being racially related was when they yelled, ‘Go back to where you came from.’ Those were the words, not go back to your country. It was, ‘go back to where you came from.’ And that was not at the beginning of the argument.”

Young believes the trio of teens were just trying to “provoke” them.

“It’s more of just, you know, frustrated teens and they need to get their energies out in a way that was definitely not productive,” she insisted.

Her husband agreed.

“We want to say we think it was absolutely not a hate crime,” he told The Post. “It is being investigated that way because it happened to be a group of blacks who assaulted two Asian women. But we believe it was not primarily racially motivated.”