Police searching for man who shoved straphanger onto subway tracks in The Bronx

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Monday, October 17, 2022
Chilling video shows suspect shove man onto NYC subway tracks
Police in the Bronx are searching for the man who pushed a subway rider onto the tracks. N.J. Burkett has the story.

MOTT HAVEN, The Bronx (WABC) -- Police in the Bronx are searching for the man who pushed a subway rider onto the tracks.

Chilling video shows the suspect eyeing the victim Saturday at the East 149th Street station, before running over and shoving him - right as a train approached.

As the suspect ran off, bystanders helped the victim, German Sabio, back onto the platform.

The train stopped within feet of rolling over him. Fortunately, he was not hit and had only minor injuries, including bruises on his legs.

The victim said he never saw the attacker behind him.

"He didn't say nothing to me, I didn't know him, I think he didn't know me, because I never saw him in my life," Sabio said. "And then he attacked me and pushed me to the train tracks. I went to see if the train was coming, but I never think this guy was coming up behind me."

He said he thinks the police need to be in all the train stations.

"These kind of people, they cannot stay in the subway like that," Sabio said. "They have to do something with them. Because if it can happen to me, it can happen to a kid or another person, or old lady or man. And you never know when it's gonna happen to you."

Sabio said he hopes the police will do their job to catch the suspect so it can't happen to someone else.

The attack is only the latest in a series of random, unprovoked attacks in the transit system. One woman was brutally beaten in Jamaica, Queens last month. Others have been shot and stabbed. Riders continue to ride in fear.

"I'm scared that somebody is gonna come up behind me and push me or hit me or something, you never know," one rider said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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