A 62-year-old man was pushed onto New York City subway tracks on Sunday — one week after an Asian American woman was killed after being shoved in front of an approaching train in Times Square.
Images of the suspect were released by police along with surveillance footage on Wednesday, revealing a man in a black hoodie leaving a subway station shortly after the assault.
The victim was approached from behind around 11.20am and pushed onto the southbound train tracks at the Fulton subway station in Lower Manhattan, according to a statement from the NYPD.
The man, whose name has not been released by authorities, was able to pull himself onto the platform. While climbing out he made contact with the first car of the train and sustained a leg laceration, which was then treated at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.
There have been no arrests made in connection with the incident, DailyMail reported, and it’s unclear what may have prompted the assault.
A slew of subway attacks have taken place recently, but concerns over subway safety came to a head following the death of Michelle Go, a 40-year-old Asian American woman who died after being shoved off the platform into an oncoming train at the Times Square train station.
The man accused of fatally shoving Go, Martial Simon, 61, was arraigned at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on murder charges.
Martial, who is believed to be homeless, fled the scene but later turned himself in at a police station and confessed to the attack. Martial had a warrant out for parole violation and two prior violent felony convictions.
The two incidents have prompted Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials to explore the addition of protective platform barriers at subway stations.
MTA Acting Chair Janno Liber shared the agency’s interest in shove-preventing screen doors following Go’s death, and shared how the MTA had previously decided against the measure due to how complicated and costly such a system would be to install in New York.
‘Platform doors are an idea that works in many places, but there are special complexities in New York,” Lieber told reporters. “That said, we’re always looking for ways that we can make the system safer.’
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