Thug threw man onto train tracks ‘because he was white’ and left him for dead in Pittsburgh
The charges against the suspect, who is in custody, include attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and ethnic intimidation
A 46-year-old man is reportedly facing a lengthy jail term after he was slammed with multiple charges over attacking a man "because he was white." The suspect, identified as Willie Hayes, allegedly left Charles Basarab for dead on train tracks in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
According to witnesses, Heyes stood over his alleged victim as he lay unconscious on the tracks and said: "I [expletive] told you I was going to kill you." The charges against him include attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and ethnic intimidation, according to the Daily Mail.
Authorities said that the incident occurred in the Wood Street station at around 9 pm in downtown Pittsburgh. The officials reportedly found a "conscious but very disoriented" Basarab on the T tracks when they arrived at the scene of the incident.
Two witnesses told police that "Basarab was assaulted and then thrown onto the trolley tracks by an unknown black male" who fled the scene.
Police say that the footage from the station shows Heyes' brutal attack on the victim, as he is seen punching Basarab three times before shoving him and throwing him on the tracks.
Officials said that they were able to identify the suspect from surveillance footage from a casino where Heyes was before the alleged attack, according to reports.
The victim reportedly hit the right side of his head on the tracks and was knocked out. He was later taken to a hospital for treatment for multiple broken bones, cuts, bruises and facial injuries. Reports state that he also had surgery because of internal bleeding.
Heyes was nabbed from his home by a SWAT team, who spotted the suspect five miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh on early Thursday morning. Heyes was arrested and taken to jail. Reports state that the suspect was unable to post bail and is set to face court in June.