A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the brute who left a New York mom on the brink of death during an attempted mugging in a Chinatown subway station last week.
Community activist Phil Wong announced the reward Thursday during a press conference with Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa about the horrific July 17 attack.
“I’ve waited for elected officials to come out and denounce this crime and it’s been five days, it’s been six days — nothing happened,” said Wong, president of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York.
Sliwa, the Guardian Angels founder, also blasted local pols for what he said was “deafening” silence in the wake of the botched robbery that sent 58-year-old Than Htwe to the hospital with traumatic head injuries.
“You would think that a crime like this that puts a mother in ICU, on life support, would have the attention of not just the city but the whole world,” Sliwa said.
Htwe and her 22-year-old son were on their way to her doctor’s office on Saturday morning when they were attacked from behind while walking up the stairs in the Canal Street Q train station, police have said.
The assailant grabbed the son’s bookbag, causing him to fall backward and reach for his mom, who plunged down the stairs with him and hit her head on the ground.
The Brooklyn woman, an immigrant from Myanmar, remains unconscious after undergoing brain surgery over the weekend — and her family on Tuesday said doctors fear she may never wake up.
Police have released surveillance photos of the suspect, seen exiting the subway platform, wearing a bandanna around his neck.
Sliwa said he and his vigilante group would distribute and post reward fliers, and increase their patrols in Chinatown and area subway stations.
“Hopefully we can take this culprit off the streets — and hopefully, he doesn’t qualify for no bail,” Sliwa said.
Additional reporting by Jessica Sonkin