Horrifying moment when a woman is almost pushed in front of the Brazilian metro by a schizophrenic stranger

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Horrifying moment when a woman is almost pushed in front of the Brazilian metro by a schizophrenic stranger

  • José Elias was arrested and hospitalized after trying to push a woman on a train in São Paulo, Brazil, on April 23.
  • Video leaked on Wednesday showed the 35-year-old grabbing the woman and struggling to push her as the train moved down the track
  • Authorities arrested Elias at the station after the incident and found documents containing instructions on how to commit murder and suicide
  • Authorities are seeking allegations of attempted murder against Elias

Newly released video shows the moment when a man with a history of schizophrenia tried to push a stranger in the path of a train in southeastern Brazil.

José Elias, 35, stood behind what appeared to be a backpack while looking over the tracks of the Sé metro station in São Paulo.

Elias then approached the woman and grabbed her by the arms as the train pulled into the station, it is said. However, the woman fought Elias and ran to the back of the platform and exited the station while other passengers watched, researchers say.

The random incident took place on April 23, but surveillance video was first leaked to Twitter on Wednesday by @ São Paulo Sobre Trilhos (São Paulo on Rails), an account posting content from the metro.

The woman’s name has not been released by the São Paulo authorities.

José Elias attacks a woman and tries to push her onto a train at a metro station in the southeastern Brazilian city of São Paulo on April 23.  The video of the incident was leaked on Wednesday.  The 35-year-old was arrested and, according to authorities, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2016.  He is currently being held in hospital under a court order obtained by the civil police.

José Elias attacks a woman and tries to push her onto a train at a metro station in the southeastern Brazilian city of São Paulo on April 23. The video of the incident was leaked on Wednesday. The 35-year-old was arrested and, according to authorities, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2016. He is currently being held in a hospital on the basis of a court order obtained by the civil police.

A still image from a surveillance video shows José Elias (red circle) grabbing a woman by the arm and trying to push her onto a train in São Paulo, Brazil

A still image from a surveillance video shows José Elias (red circle) grabbing a woman by the arm and trying to push her onto a train in São Paulo, Brazil

A still image from a surveillance video shows José Elias (red circle) grabbing a woman by the arm and trying to push her onto a train in São Paulo, Brazil

According to online news portal NewsGuards at the station detained Elias after the incident and turned him over to civilian police.

Officers searched his backpack and confiscated banknotes with plans to kill people and commit suicide.

José Elias (red circle) looks at passengers on a platform of the Sé metro station in São Paulo, Brazil, shortly after trying to push a woman (white circle) on a train on April 23.

José Elias (red circle) looks at passengers on a platform of the Sé metro station in São Paulo, Brazil, shortly after trying to push a woman (white circle) on a train on April 23.

José Elias (red circle) looks at passengers on a platform of the Sé metro station in São Paulo, Brazil, shortly after trying to push a woman (white circle) on a train on April 23.

José Elias (red circle) had a backpack with notes with plans to kill people and commit suicide

José Elias (red circle) had a backpack with notes with plans about killing people and committing suicide

José Elias (red circle) had a backpack with notes with plans about killing people and committing suicide

Authorities also discovered a medical record showing that Elias had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2016. He had also been arrested for various crimes in the past.

Online news channel G1 reported that Elias was hospitalized after a court order obtained by the civil police.

Metropolitan police station is looking for attempted murder against Elias.

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