Who is Theodore Ellis? NYC man who shoved woman into subway tracks arrested

The 31-year-old man was arrested after receiving a tip for which a $3,500 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of the attacker


                            Who is Theodore Ellis? NYC man who shoved woman into subway tracks arrested
Theodore Ellis (L) has been arrested for allegedly throwing the woman onto the subway tracks at the Westchester Avenue station in Bronx (Screenshot from Daily Mail, footage from New York City Police Dept/Twitter)
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Police have arrested a man in connection with the Bronx subway shoving that left a 52-year-old woman with a broken collarbone, the latest in a series of violent crimes on one of the world's largest transit systems.

Arrested on charges of assault and reckless endangerment, Theodore Ellis, 31, is in custody for allegedly throwing the woman onto the subway tracks at the Westchester Avenue station in the Longwood section of the Bronx on Sunday, June 5. The New York Police Department said they arrested the culprit on Tuesday, June 7, after receiving a tip for which a $3,500 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of the attacker. 

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According to NYPD sources, stated by NY Post, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker recognized Ellis from wanted posters hung up at the station and flagged down police, who later arrested him. As per the reports, it is unclear if Ellis has an attorney.

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The gruesome incident

The New York Police Department released the 21-second video of the disturbing attack. The incident showed the culprit walking up behind the 52-year-old woman, wrapping his arms around her, and tossing her over the platform onto the southbound tracks. The culprit, wearing a white tank top along with a red backpack, and backward baseball cap, grabbed the woman and hurled her onto the tracks, and then walked away.

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At the time of the incident, no train was entering the station, and fellow riders were able to pull the woman off the tracks and back to safety. The authorities there took the woman to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition, the NYPD said. However, she suffered a broken collarbone and cuts. 

As per records, Ellis has a list of multiple past arrests dating back to 2006, including harassment, narcotics, robbery, grand larceny, animal abuse, and resisting arrest, among others. The incident is the latest addition to the crimes in the city's transit system.

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Recently, a bus driver was stabbed and slashed by a passenger, reported by Yahoo. The incident occurred on June 7, near Ocean and Flatbush avenues in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens section in Brooklyn. Police say the 39-year-old driver was confronted by a man, trying to access his bus through the back door between stops. When the bus driver pulled the bus over and asked the suspect to get off, the suspect got back with a knife and stabbed the driver in the stomach. The driver was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in stable condition. 

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