- The woman was standing on the platform for the Queens-bound J train around 1:10 p.m. at the Broadway Junction station in Brooklyn
- The woman, whose identity was not revealed, was shoved onto the tracks in an unprovoked attack
- She suffered a deep gash to her leg and was taken to Brookdale Hospital while ‘conscious and alert’
- Police said that the unknown man who allegedly shoved her has been taken into custody, but further details about him were not immediately known
A woman was pushed onto the tracks of a subway station in New York City on Tuesday amid a harrowing spate of recent train violence.
The woman, 62, was standing on the platform for the Queens-bound J train around 1:10 p.m. at the Broadway Junction station in Brooklyn when she was shoved onto the tracks in an unprovoked attack, a spokesperson for the NYPD told DailyMail.com.
The woman, whose identity was not revealed, suffered a deep gash to her leg and was taken to Brookdale Hospital while ‘conscious and alert,’ police said.
She luckily did not make contact with a train, the New York Post reported.
Police said that the unknown man who allegedly shoved her has been taken into custody, but further details about him were not immediately known. It was also not immediately clear how the woman was rescued from the tracks.
The New York City’s subways resumed 24-hour service on May 17 after the trains were shut down nightly for almost a year to clean them during the pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this month.
There were 55 transit related crimes for the week of May 17 to May 23, according to NYPD data. That number is up from just 21 incidents – a 162% increase – in the same week last year during the height of coronavirus restrictions and train closures.
However, transit related crimes are actually down 36% year-over-year. There have been 575 transit related crimes this year so far through May 23 while there were 904 over the same period last year, according to NYPD data.
It was not immediately clear if transit related crimes have been increasing in past weeks solely because of the resuming of round-the-clock service or if other factors have contributed.
On Monday, one man was stabbed in the neck with a broken umbrella handle before he was slashed with his own knife – which he dropped during the scuffle at the 125th Street subway station in Harlem, PIX11 reported.
The 51-year-old victim, who was himself armed with a knife, got into a dispute with another, unidentified man.
The victim dropped the knife during the confrontation before being stabbed in the back and shoulder with the umbrella shard, police sources told the outlet.
He was rushed to nearby Harlem Hospital in critical condition, but was upgraded to stable several hours later, according to authorities.
His attacker, simply described as a man in his 30s, fled the subway station following the assault. No arrests have been made, police said.
Just before 5 a.m. on Sunday, another 64-year-old man was cornered by a pair of robbers at a Midtown subway turnstile at East 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, police said.
Surveillance video showed the two in distinctive, flashy footwear jumping the victim before punching him and cutting his face with a knife.
Identified only as Brooklyn-resident H.M., the victim said he is done commuting to Manhattan after the vicious and unprovoked attack, WABC reported.
‘I feel angry and upset and sad,’ he said. He had just finished praying at a Midtown mosque.
‘Hit me two times here, in this eye and this eye, and the other guy, he brought a razor,’ he added. ‘And the blood start coming and took the money from me and disappeared.’
He required 12 stitches on his forehead and other two stitches near one of his eyes. He wore a COVID-19 mask during the WABC interview to obscure his identity out of fear that his attackers might come after him again.
One of the attackers allegedly dragged the man by his feet after he attempted to escape by jumping over the turnstile, the video shows.
Give us your money, or we’re gonna kill you,’ the duo demanded.
The two attackers continued to kick and beat the man before one slashed the victim’s face with a blade as he stood trapped in the turnstile.
The video then shows the man taking $150 in cash out of his pockets, which the alleged slasher quickly snatches from his hands before the two flee the scene, according to the NYPD.
The pair also allegedly stole the man’s cell phone before leaving him bloody and beaten in the station, he told the news outlet.
Police highlighted the suspects’ expensive footwear in a news release seeking information that could lead to their capture.
The man who allegedly slashed the victim’s face had a grey Champion sweatshirt on with Nike Flightposite Topaz Mist sneakers, with his accomplice wearing a black sweatshirt and Timberland x NBA basketball shoes.
The Nike Flightposite Topaz Mist sneakers go for about $210, according to the website Flight Club, with the Timberland x NBA boots fetching up to $299 on the website StockX.
The suspects are described as between 18 and 25 years old and attacker in the black sweatshirt had a tattoo on his right hand, the New York Daily News reported.
Cops also said on Sunday they are searching for a man who groped a 23-year-old woman and exposed himself to her on an uptown Q Train platform at the Lexington Ave.-63rd St. station in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan on May 12.
The suspect allegedly grabbed the woman’s butt then unzipped his pants and was flashed his genitals when she turned around to confront him, the New York Daily News reported. He then allegedly escaped on the next Q train.