NYC subway shoves continue as man thrown onto tracks by stranger
“I would say that I love the city, but the fact that this guy is still on the streets is pretty pathetic."
October 4, 2022 3:05pm
Updated: October 4, 2022 5:21pm
A stranger shoved an innocent subway rider onto the subway tracks Monday evening but was rescued by bystanders waiting on the platform before a train came.
Police say the 25-year-old man was standing on a platform at the 14th Street-Union Square station around 9:30 p.m. when a man dressed in all black pushed him onto the tracks below.
“Scary sh-t, man,” the victim told the New York Post. “I won’t be taking the subway after 7 p.m. again.
The man, who works in commercial real estate and asked not to be named, said he was wearing AirPods and checking his phone when the attack occurred.
“I got pushed from behind. I hit my head on the tracks,” he said. “Luckily, I was able to get up on my own. The guy had seen me. He came out of nowhere and shoved me from behind.”
Fortunately, no train was entering the station and good Samaritans helped the man back up, according to police.
The victim was treated at Bellevue Hospital, where he said he received 18 stitches to close a gash on his head and four stitches for a cut on his arm.
The suspect, who police say had a dark complexion, was around 5 feet 7 and appeared to be in his 20s, fled and is still on the loose.
The battered rider described himself as “a pro-subway” guy but was exasperated at how his attacker continued to evade authorities.
“I would say that I love the city, but the fact that this guy is still on the streets is pretty pathetic,” he replied when asked what he would say to Mayor Eric Adams about the current state of the Big Apple.
Subway shoves have received heightened attention amid a surge in crime and the high-profile death of Michelle Alyssa Go, who was pushed off the tracks at the Times Square station and hit by an oncoming train, in January.
The former NYPD captain has struggled to rein in high crime despite criticizing Black Lives Matter and defund the police activists during his campaign.
Last week, Adams’ office reported that emergency responders are taking longer to respond to crimes, fires and medical emergencies due to serious staffing shortages, which some experts have blamed on the “defund the police” movement.