LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS (WABC) – A 57-year-old woman was hit on the head by a suspect with a hammer in a brutal robbery when she entered a subway station in Long Island City, Queens.

She is in critical condition.

The victim, who lives nearby, was entering Queens Plaza station when the suspect approached her from behind shortly after 11:20 p.m. on Thursday.

He kicked her and hit her several times with a hammer on the head before snatching her purse.

The woman received a skull fracture and cut head wounds and is in critical condition at New York-Cornell Presbyterian Hospital.

The woman’s brother says she just came out of surgery on Friday and is still feeling well despite the physical pain she is experiencing.

The victim is an employee of the city health department. She was returning home from work when she was chased in the subway and attacked.

The suspect fled with her purse south of Queens Plaza South.

There were no arrests.

Police are asking the public to help in the hunt for the suspect.

Call the New York City Police Crime Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also send tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or write to Twitter @NYPDTips.

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