Shocking video shows woman being shoved onto incoming train at Times Square station
The unprovoked attack saw the 42-year-old female victim being shoved off the platform into the train as it approached the station
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Shocking surveillance footage has captured the moment a woman pushed a fellow commuter into a train at the Times Square subway station Monday morning, October 4.
The unprovoked attack saw the female victim being shoved off the platform and onto the incoming train as it approached the station. The 42-year-old victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was rushed to a nearby hospital in stable condition after sustaining facial injuries during the attack. Meanwhile, the suspect remains at large. The incident took place just hours before a man shot himself in the leg in that same subway station.
According to one subway rider who witnessed the shoving incident, crime at the tourist hotspot is not surprising. "This is like what it used to be like in the 80s," they told ABC 7. "People are wicked to be able to push someone on a moving train, and for what? I don't know, but it's horrible," another passenger told CBS 2. "It looked malicious," rider Alejandro DeJesus told ABC 7. "That's scary. That could happen to anybody when you least expect it."
The suspect, who apparently timed her attack, was caught on camera sitting on a bench before standing up and initiating her push as the train came into view around 8.15 am. While she fled the scene, witnesses said the attack was a stark reminder for commuters to be aware of their surroundings. "Definitely a good reminder to keep your eyes peeled and be on your toes in New York," West Village resident Tyler Sparling said. "We're all usually in our phones and stuff, or listening to music. So we're not always 100% aware," Brooklyn resident Bryana Yard added.
NYPD released video of suspect who pushed a 42-year-old woman into an oncoming 1 train at Times Square this morning, then fled scene. Sources say 1 second difference, victim could be dead. Video shows her time her push as train approaches. pic.twitter.com/8IfQXCdPIh— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) October 4, 2021
Authorities cordoned off the portion of the platform where the incident took place as they continued to search for the suspect's whereabouts. Police described her as being in her 20s or 30s. She was last seen wearing black sneakers, beige pants, a black sweater, and a multicolored scarf. That said, officers were dispatched to the Times Square station again on Monday, around 12 pm, following reports of shots fired.
It later emerged that a 39-year-old man from Brooklyn was urinating in the corner of West 40th Street and Seventh Avenue when he shot himself in his right leg, the New York Post reported. Speaking to ABC 7, eyewitnesses said that the shots went off inside the subway station before the man was seen stumbling up to ground level and then re-entering the station to ask for help. Video footage from the scene showed officers assisting an injured person into an ambulance at the bustling intersection. That said, the man is reportedly not cooperating with investigators and could face charges. The aforementioned incidents came as overall crime in New York City finally dropped in August after a brutal crime wave through the summer, per the latest official monthly figures released by the New York Police Department.