NYC subway robber leaps between cars and dies on electrified rail after mugging goes awry

According to police, four robbers held a traveler hostage but their escape plan went haywire when one suspect got killed

NYC subway robber leaps between cars and dies on electrified rail after mugging goes awry
(Representational image, Alexi J Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
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BRONX, NEW YORK: A New York City subway robber was killed on September 13 after jumping between carriages and landing on an electric line. He was part of a group robbery that went haywire after his unprecedented death.

Police said that four robbers in the Bronx held a 46-year-old traveler hostage on the number two train at E 174th Street at about 5.30 in the morning before fleeing. But their escape plan went awry when one suspect attempted to leap between railway cars but failed, falling beneath the train to death. Police encountered the other three suspects, who were ages 16, 17, and 18, as they arrived at the 180th Street stop on the number five train. One of the suspects resisted arrest and had to be tased by police and transferred to a nearby hospital. Train services along the lines were momentarily suspended while the corpse was removed. The suspects' charges have yet to be disclosed, and the deceased has yet to be recognized.

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People board a subway on January 19, 2022 in New York City. The New York City subway system, the nation's largest, has come under increasing scrutiny following the violent death of a 40-year old woman last week in the Times Square subway station. Michelle Go was pushed by a homeless man with a psychiatric history into an oncoming train. The event has shocked New Yorkers and increased pressure on the new mayor, Eric Adams, to add police and homeless outreach teams to the city's subways.
People board a subway on January 19, 2022 in New York City. The New York City subway system has seen several violent crimes in the past year (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Riders on the subway are well aware of the gruesome incidents that occur beneath, ranging from violent attacks to robberies. A lady on the train was attacked earlier this year in May while other commuters disregarded her cries for assistance. The man, who was dressed in black leggings and white sneakers, rushed around the train, yelling expletives. Others hurried out of the area when the suspect took a seat. One of the female passengers who was closest to the thug attempted to run, but the thug grabbed her and terrorized the victim. The bandit then yanked the woman's hair as she cried for help, forcing her down the seat. Once done with his atrocities, the thug screamed at the woman to get up before pushing her in an aggressive manner.

For city inhabitants, the early morning train robbery comes as no surprise because overall crime is up dramatically, by 35.31 percent, from the previous year, as highlighted by the NYPD through comparison stat. As of September 4, there have been around 11,737 robberies recorded, which is approximately 3,318 higher than the same period the previous year. Approximately 2,600 more burglaries than in 2021 have been reported, totaling 10,500. Also, when compared to the previous year, there has been an increase in crime of almost 10,000 in terms of felony assaults, with grand larceny being the most prevalent offense.

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