New York City police have arrested a black male suspected of pushing a white female onto subway tracks in an unprovoked attack, according to reports.
The 28-year-old victim was standing on a platform below Times Square at 9:40 a.m. on Friday morning when a man pushed her from behind onto the tracks, the New York Post reports.
She managed to pull herself to safety before the next train arrived and was treated at NYU Langone Hospital for her injuries.
Police sought a disheveled black male in his 40s or 50s and arrested a man matching that description on Friday evening in the Bronx.
🚨WANTED🚨for An Assault on the N/B Platform at 42 St.-Times Square 🚂 Station #TimesSquare #Manhattan On 10/23/20 @ 9:25 AM 💰Reward up to $2500👓Seen him? Know who he is?☎️Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM us!📞Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! #yourcityyourcall pic.twitter.com/wmEx8eCduj
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) October 23, 2020
“This is like everyone’s worst nightmare. It’s like you always worry about stuff like this. And I’ve generally been riding the subway a lot less and not because of the [pandemic] but because you hear more about this,” a Manhattan resident told the New York Post.
Astoria resident Joanne Wiggins, 29, echoed those sentiments, saying, “I think it’s crazy but it’s not the first time we hear about things like that happening.”
“These days I don’t feel very safe on the subway because you hear about things like people getting stabbed or even shot. I definitely pay attention to my surroundings more. Having more police in the station would also help.”
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