According to police, a man who seemed to be out of his mind pushed another man onto the rail bed at a Manhattan station this week. The suspect reportedly told the victim to “throw yourself on the tracks” before shoving him. The police have released images of the assailant and are seeking the public’s help in identifying him.
On the morning of Monday, September 18th, a disturbing incident occurred at the 175th St. Station in Washington Heights. This incident marks the latest in a series of subway shoves that have taken place in recent weeks.
As the clock neared 1 a.m., a 64-year-old man was minding his own business, walking on the southbound A platform. Suddenly, a stranger approached him and shockingly asked him to “throw himself onto the tracks!” It was a horrifying demand, leaving the victim shaken and afraid.
Police reported that the attacker shoved the victim to the ground without any provocation, before making a quick escape on foot from the scene.
Fortunately, there were no oncoming trains when the incident occurred. However, the victim did sustain several injuries, including three fractured ribs and a dislocated shoulder, as a result of the fall from the platform.
Recently, two separate incidents of subway shoving have been reported in New York City. One involved a 74-year-old man who was pushed onto the tracks at an Upper East Side station, leading to the arrest of the perpetrator. The other incident involved a woman who was pushed onto the tracks at a Lower Manhattan station, resulting in the arrest of the accused, who happened to be a homeless man. It’s concerning to see these disturbing incidents happening in public spaces, especially in the city’s subway system.
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