Violence in the Big Apple: 74-year-old man pushed onto subway tracks in an 'unprovoked' attack

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to Fox News, the Big Apple is still seeing senseless acts of violent crime after an elderly man was pushed onto the subway tracks in an unprovoked attack.

The victim, a 74-year-old man, who has not been identified, suffered multiple fractures to his spine, ribs and pelvis. He also had several cuts on his fingers.

Police stated that the victim was standing on a train platform at the 68th Street-Hunter College station in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood early in the day on Tuesday, September 12th, when he was “approached by an unknown individual who shoved the victim onto the tracks.”

The victim was helped back onto the platform by an on-duty MTA transit employee. In a statement, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said, “The [suspect] was last seen fleeing out of the station to parts unknown. The victim was removed by EMS to NY Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Medical Center, in stable condition.”

NYPD Transit Chief Michael Kemper said in a statement, “Our perp pushed the victim, causing him to fall onto the tracks. Fortunately there was an MTA employee close by assisted our victim back up from the track.”

Investigators described the suspect as a male, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing around 200 pounds with a medium complexion, adding that the man "has salt and pepper hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a black polo shirt, brown pants and black sneakers.”

According to the NYPD, early investigations indicate that the attack appears to be unprovoked. Nearly 30 minutes later, another attack happened in Brooklyn; although not related, this one is even more violent than the first.

A 19-year-old man allegedly slashed his girlfriend repeatedly during an altercation on a train heading into Manhattan.

This incident took place on-board a Manhattan-bound No 3 train at Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York. Police stated that the 24-year-old woman was slashed in the forehead, stomach and hand during the heated argument.

She was transported to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition. The boyfriend has been arrested with pending charges. Despite these incidents, Kemper said that deploying extra police in the subways has made a difference this year. 

“Crime is down 4.5 percent this year versus last year," Kemper said, "which translates to about 70 less victims of crime in the subway system this year. When we are looking at people being pushed on the track fortunately those are down also this year versus last year.”

Regarding the 74-year-old man that was pushed, Kemper said that one subway push is one too many. He added, “One is shocking and scary to many, including us. And to be quite frank, it’s unacceptable. It’s our top priority. When someone is pushed or falls victim to a crime in the subway system. It’s our top priority to find them.”

Both of these incidents come a few weeks after a teenage girl was arrested on assault charges after footage of her attack on a Nevada family riding the NYC subway went viral.

The family was enjoying their final night of vacation when they were viciously assaulted in what has been described as a “random outburst of violence.” The mom, Sue Young, said, “I never encountered this kind of violence, or you know, you read about in the news. I just say, ‘Oh, that’s not going to happen to me.’ We’ve been to New York so many times as visitors, we love this city. I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

The 16-year-old turned herself in during the early days of August to the 6th Precinct in Manhattan, not too far from the scene of the crime. According to police, the teen has been charged with two felony counts of assault.
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