The 58-year-old Asian woman who fell into a coma after being attacked on the New York City subway on July 17 has died of her injuries, her family reports.
Than Htwe, an immigrant from Myanmar, had been hospitalized since she was attacked by a mugger who tried to steal her son’s backpack at a subway stop in Chinatown, fell down the stairs and hit her head.
Her death marks the fourth homicide on the New York City subways this year, and police identified her suspected robber as 52-year-old David Robinson.
Then Htwe (left) 58 and her son, Kyaw Zaw Hein, 22 on July morning were rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where Htwe underwent brain surgery. She died of her injuries this morning
Htwe’s death came as police identified her suspected mugger as David Robinson, 52′
“The doctor took her off the ventilator at 7am this morning and treated her for organ donation,” a family member told the… New York Daily News.
Now’s family had braced themselves for the end and closed a… GoFundMe page to pay for her medical expenses.
“We have decided to donate her organs to people in need. Once again I would like to thank all the people who have supported us through this very difficult time.’
Donors were able to raise more than $48,000 for the family.
Hein (pictured) said his mother doesn’t want to wake up, and the family plans to donate her organs
Htwe and Hein were climbing stairs at the Canal St. Subway Station in Chinatown at about 10:45 a.m. on July 17, when Robinson crawled out of nowhere behind the two and tried to steal Hein’s backpack.
Zaw Hein again urged anyone with information about the attack to contact police.
Htwe and her son were walking up the stairs at Canal Street station around 10:45 am when Robinson allegedly attacked them from behind and grabbed the son’s backpack.
Than Htwe, 58, had moved to New York from Myanmar in 2018 to be closer to her son Kyaw Zaw Hein, 22
As he tugged on Zaw Hein’s backpack, he tumbled back. As he began to fall, he reached for his mother, who stumbled down with him.
Both were knocked unconscious in the trap. When Zaw Hein woke up, he said his mother was “on the floor with blood everywhere,” according to the GoFundMe post.
Hein was not seriously injured, but his mother hit her head and was seriously injured.
They were rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Saturday morning, where Htwe underwent brain surgery.
Htwe had moved to New York from Myanmar in 2018 to be closer to her son and their extended family.
Shortly after the incident, police released a photo of the suspect (pictured) and asked anyone who recognizes him to call police.
Police are investigating whether the attack was racially motivated amid the recent spike in crimes targeting Asian and Pacific islanders in the US
On Wednesday, Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, noted that the death was the fourth homicide in NYC’s subways in 2021, and the 11th since early 2020.
‘In a normal full year, before COVID, with more than [sic] twice as much ridershi, we would have one or two murders every year. Last year we had seven. There is no indication that we will return to normal anytime soon,” she tweeted.
After Htwe’s death, Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, noted that it was the fourth homicide in NYC’s subways in 2021.
Htwe’s attack roughly coincided with another on the subway on July 15, when a man was caught punching a 60-year-old woman in the back of the Grand Central subway station with a surveillance video gun.
The woman suffered minor injuries in that attack and overall crime appears to have decreased in the subways from early June to July.
The woman, dressed in an orange shirt, can be seen walking across the 7th Train platform at 10:13 PM, police reported when a man, who initially followed casually after her, suddenly ran up to her and punched her with a closed fist. hit the back of her head.
Htwe’s attack came around the same time as another on the New York City subways on July 15, when an unidentified assailant was seen punching a woman in the back of the head.
Police said the unidentified assailant then fled on the northbound 5 train. They are still seeking the public’s help in identifying him.
Both incidents came as crime in the city’s subways plummeted in June, amid a surge in police force.
As of the week of July 25, the latest crime statistics available from the NYPD, crime rates in the city’s subways fell 25.8 percent from the same period last year, with 830 reported in 2021, up from 1,119. in 2020.
In addition, a total of 111 subway crimes were reported in June, compared to 168 the previous month, according to recently released data from the NYPD. New York Post reported.
Taking into account the number of riders, crimes fell from 2.87 per million riders in May to 1.77 crimes per million riders in June.
The crime rate on the subway, which had nearly doubled from 37 in April to 65 in May, fell to 14 in June.
The decline came as 223 crimes were registered in the metro system in the first five months of 2021, which was more than any year since 1997, the Post also reported.
The attacks came as violent crimes continued to increase in the city. Overall, however, crimes have fallen by 0.4% in the past week
The decline in crime in the city’s subways appeared to coincide with a decision by Mayor Bill DeBlasio in late May to appoint 125 additional officers at stations during morning and evening rush hours after weeks of pressure from Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Overall, however, New York City has seen an increase in violent crime in recent months, with many concerned that the city is slipping back into the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s when it was known as “Fear City.” In the 1970s, the city was in debt of $10 billion and cut its police and other services.
Data from the NYPD shows the number of shootings increased by 18.8 percent in 2021 compared to last year on July 25, the most recent data. In 2021 there were 867 shooting incidents, compared to 730 in 2020.
The number of shooting victims has increased by 13.4 percent year-over-year, with the number of victims being 846 around this time last year.
The homicide rate also rose from 226 to 233 in the same period — a 3 percent increase.
The biggest jump in crime rates remains for hate crime, which is up 110 percent over the past year. This data comes amid countless indiscriminate attacks on Asian Americans in the city in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.