A man was left bloodied after being pushed onto the tracks at Grand Central station in Manhattan Thursday, by a one-armed suspect who is still on the run.
The incident occurred on the station’s 7 train platform just after 4 pm, police said Thursday, after the suspect got into a physical fight with the 51-year-old victim, who has not been named.
The fight quickly escalated and the suspect pushed the man onto the tracks before running off. The attacker was described as a black male, wearing a yellow shirt, and beige and black pants, and having just one arm, by DailyMail.com photographer Peter Gerber, who was at the scene.
Thankfully, the victim was able to pull himself up off the tracks before being hit by a train.
He was not seriously injured but did suffer lacerations to the forehead and cheek during the fall. Cops said he was treated for those injuries on the platform.
Shocking photos show the bloodied victim in a daze as police questioned him following the attack.
The brazen attack at one of the city’s most trafficked stations took place right at the cusp of rush hour – but it did little to hinder straphangers’ commutes.
Shocking photos show the victim – who was able to pull himself up off the tracks before being hit by a train – bloodied and in a daze as police surveyed the scene
The victim, an unnamed white male aged 51, suffered lacerations to the forehead and cheek during the fall, cops said, and was treated for those injuries on the platform
The incident occurred on the station’s 7 train platform just after 4 pm, police said Thursday, after the suspect got into a physical fight with the 51-year-old victim, who has not been named
The unnamed victim was seen leaving the station, with bloody down his face and dirt marks from the tracks, as he made his way outside
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Police have yet to reveal what spurred the latest brazen attack on the city’s embattle subway system – but they have disclosed that the victim did not know the suspect.
They added that the suspect fled while his victim was still on the track.
Cops have yet to release any surveillance footage of the attack. An investigation is currently ongoing.
The incident could have been the latest in a string of subway-related deaths in The City That Never Sleeps, which has seen its crime rates burgeon since the start of the pandemic – many taking place in the city’s transit system.
The suspect pushed the man onto the tracks before running off. Thankfully, the victim was able to pull himself up off the tracks before being hit by a train
He was surrounded by cops after the incident in the already heavily policed station
He was not seriously injured but did suffer lacerations to the forehead and cheek during the fall. Cops said he was treated for those injuries on the platform
An FDNY ambulance pulls up outside the station where the straphanger was attacked on Thursday
Last week, a man was arrested in Queens after going on a subway slashing spree that saw two stabbed – one in the face – just a day after being released from jail for carrying an illegal knife.
The suspect, Donny Ubiera, 32, randomly stabbed the commuters in separate incidents on Friday and Saturday, while riding on a Flushing-to-Times Square 7-line subway train.
One of the victims, who were not identified, was stabbed in the face, while the other sustained neck injuries.
Ubiera had just been released from jail on Thursday after being arrested just a day before for allegedly refusing to put a knife away in front of police, who had ordered him to do so. He initially waved the weapon at them and tried to flee with it.
The concerning statistics come on the heels of Mayor Eric Adams’ vow to clean up the crime-ridden subway system, amid a rash of reports of slashings, assaults, and even murder, on platforms and stations across the city.
However, the mayor has struggled to address violence in the city – both on its streets and below them – in the six months since assuming office.
Transit crime has soared since 2021, a year that saw more subway assaults than any other year before – even in the 80s, when the then-crime ridden city was dubbed ‘Fear City.’
And the increase is not a modest one. The year, the NYPD has reported 1,037 crimes on the city transit – nearly 400 more than the 666 seen at the same time last year. That’s a 55.7 percent increase.
Adams, a former police captain who campaigned on a platform of increasing public safety and being tough on crime, is now under pressure to quell the increase – which has seen overall crime in the city jump 38.35 percent from last year.
Felony assaults in New York are up 19.5 percent and robberies are up 40.3 percent. Rapes are also up, by 16.9 percent.
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Meanwhile NYPD officers are reportedly leaving the department at a record rate amid the violent crime surge, sparking officials and fed-up citizens for the mayor to make good on his promises.
According to data obtained by The New York Post, nearly 1,600 officers have left the force this year alone – a number that has spiked by 430 since this time last year.
With that said, Adams has remained confident that he can address the crime – which was spurred by the pandemic and recent soft-on-crime policies implemented by woke DA’s such as Alvin Bragg, who have sought to find alternatives to incarceration.
‘We are going to turn around this city in crime – I know that,’ he asserted earlier this month when confronted with the crime surge.
A new poll, however, shows that Big Apple residents are sick of waiting for the mayor, whose approval ratings have fallen to a new low.
The Spectrum News NY1/Siena College poll shows 70 percent of New Yorkers feel less safe than before the coronavirus pandemic. And 76 percent of residents interviewed said that also fear they could be a victim of violent crime.
Meanwhile, Adams is asking New Yorkers for more time.
‘I know it’s going to take a while before New Yorkers feel safe in this city,’ he said earlier this month. ‘I know that but trust me we are going to get there.’
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