Every New Yorker’s worst nightmare: Harrowing video shows wild-eyed thug pushing man in front of oncoming train after chasing him along platform at noon – ELEVENTH in Big Apple this year
- The unidentified criminal pushed a 26-year-old man into the path of a northbound 6 train at the 149th Street station in the Bronx
- The horrific attack took place on Saturday morning at 11.50am at a busy station
- The attacker fled the station while bystanders pulled the victim from the tracks
- Now the police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the thug
- Subway murders are at their highest rate in 25 years, with seven people killed on the subway in 2022 already
- The highest number between 1995 and 2019 had been six
- Violent crime in the metro is up 42 percent from this time last year
The NYPD is hunting a deranged thug who pushed a man in front of an oncoming train at random Saturday morning, leaving good Samaritans to rescue him with seconds to spare.
Surveillance footage shows the terrifying incident on 149th Street in the Bronx at 11:50 a.m., while millions of New Yorkers were going about their normal Saturday morning.
The pusher, wide-eyed and with unkempt hair, first chased the 26-year-old man for several seconds, then ran behind him and pushed him into the path of the oncoming train.
He then fled the station as other, shocked bystanders rushed to the victim’s aid. They were able to pull him to safety before the train hurtled through the station. He was not injured in the attack.
Now the NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who pushed him.
Do you know this man? The NYPD is asking anyone who recognizes the suspect to call 800-577-TIPS
The hooded thug spotted his victim (above in blue) and lunged at him before pushing him onto the tracks
The victim then walked out of the camera’s view. The criminal ran after him
This is the moment the thug ran towards the victim and pushed him into the train before fleeing the station
It’s the latest incident in what appears to be an ever-worsening crime wave in New York City.
At least 11 people have been pushed onto subway tracks in New York City this year.
In January, 40-year-old woman Michelle Go was killed after she was pushed in front of a train at Times Square Station. Her assailant was sent to a psychiatric facility after prosecutors declined to challenge a mental evaluation that found him unfit to stand trial.
Recent data shows murders on the subway have risen to a 25-year high despite declining ridership.
Between 1997 and 2020, there were never more than five murders per year on New York’s subway trains.
That number rose to six in 2020, eight in 2021, and it’s already at seven with two and a half months left in the year.
Crime in the subway has increased by 42 percent, but the number of passengers has almost halved.
In 2019, an average of 142 million people rode the subway every month – about four million people a day. Now the monthly average for riders is 81 million.
Officials are struggling to explain the rise in crime.
Many have blamed the COVID-19 pandemic, saying resources like homeless shelters and mental health outreach programs have ground to a halt.
Others say it’s due to relaxed bail policies in liberal cities like New York and San Francisco.
Before the pandemic, New York State enacted sweeping bail reforms in an effort to reduce the number of low-level prison offenders.
It released many repeat offenders back into society.
That was reinforced in New York City by the election of District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who told his staff to avoid imposing cash bail wherever they could.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams vowed to crack down on subway crime with the introduction of a designated train task force.
They have not yet had an effect on the worsening crime rate.