Woman recounts Queens subway attack that left her with fractured spine

FOREST HILLS, Queens (WABC) -- The victim of a violent attack on a Queens subway train is now speaking out about the incident.

The attack happened November 30 on a Manhattan-bound E train heading to the Forest Hills Station.

The victim spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News. She said she had just gotten on the E train and was killing time with her friend.

"We were making Snapchats, that's what we always do," she said. "We were making Snapchats, she gave me a kiss on the cheek."

What happened next would result in a fractured spine and fear so deep, she didn't want to appear on camera.

"I don't think I'm ever going to get on a train again," she said.

She is just 20 years old, and after that kiss from her friend, she says a man started shouting homophobic slurs.

"He said, 'Do those gay things in front of me one more time and watch what happens,'" she said.

She and her friend started to walk away from the man, who was coming closer.

"I felt him right behind me, I felt a punch in my back," she said. "And it all happened so quick, it was just a blur."

But the attack was just beginning.

"I turned around and he already had his hand on my chest and he threw me back, which caused my head to hit the pole and my back hit the ground first, which fractured my spine," the woman said.

Others on the train were trying to protect her, and when the train stopped at Forest Hills, the man got out and escaped.

An ambulance came for the woman, who still wears a brace for her neck because of the fracture.

"Last week, I spent the whole week crying and in excruciating pain," she said. "My hopes are that he's arrested, not for revenge, it's not what I want. So he won't ever do this to anyone else. I don't want someone else to feel this."

UPDATE: Police say Allah Allahseed has been arrested in connection with this case.

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