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NYC subway-shove victim suicidal, will not leave house, says mother

“He’s completely traumatized. He wants to kill himself. I had to take a knife away from him this morning.”

October 24, 2022 2:27pm

Updated: October 24, 2022 5:04pm

The mother of New York City’s latest subway shove victim says that her son was “traumatized” by the brutal attack and blasted the city’s mayor for letting mental-health issues become public safety issues.

David Martin, a 32-year-old waiter, had his collarbone broken Friday after being shoved off a Brooklyn subway platform and landing on the tracks below.

His mother, Audrey Martin, called Mayor Eric Adams “completely not in touch with” the city’s crime wave, blaming to poor mental health services instead of the police.

“This is a mental health issue. We are not addressing the issue,” she told the New York Post on Sunday.

“More overtime is not the answer,” the mother added. “Mayor Adams was a cop. He should know better. It’s all grandstanding. We have a city under crisis. We have a mental health crisis.”

Video of the incident released by police suggests a deliberate attack, showing that the assailant set down his bag on the opposite side of the platform and check his surrounding before charging into the unsuspecting server.

He was helped off the tracks before the next train arrived. The attacker retrieved his bag before fleeing and is still on the run.

The distraught mother said her son has refused to leave the house and was at risk of killing himself.

“He’s completely traumatized,” she told The Post. “He wants to kill himself. I had to take a knife away from him this morning.

“He’s in a lot of pain. His shoulder is completely shot. His back is completely shot. His underarm is completely shot. His face is constantly burning.

Audrey Martin added that her son has started smoking cigarettes again and cannot stop watching footage of the attack on local news and social media.

“He keeps watching it over and over. He can’t stop. It’s not good for him,” she said.

The attacks is part of surging crime in the country’s largest subway system, where crime has risen almost 40% since 2019 as of August. Last week, a 48-year-old man was struck and killed by a train after being pushed onto the tracks during a fight involving his cell phone.