Police have arrested a man who was seen on surveillance video tossing a 52-year-old woman onto the subway tracks in the Bronx in a random attack on Sunday.
The suspect has been identified as Theodore Ellis, 30, of the Bronx, who faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment, an NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
Ellis told police that he was drunk and he ‘didn’t realize his strength’ when he threw woman onto subway tracks, ABC7 News reported.
The victim, who suffered a broken collarbone, was rushed to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. She was said to be in stable condition.
The incident happened around 4.40pm on Sunday.
In the surveillance video, Ellis approached the woman from behind, grabbed her with both hands and forcefully threw her towards the tracks.
The victim hit the platform before falling onto the train lines.
Police said Ellis doesn’t remember what the woman said to him prior to the attack.
The suspect is seen approaching the victim from behind on the platform at Jackson Avenue station, moments before he throws her onto the tracks
Unprovoked, he grabs and then throws the 52-year-old woman directly onto the subway tracks
The woman falls heavily onto the tracks, breaking her collar bone
The suspect then calmly walks away while other bystanders rush to help the woman
At the time of the incident, there was no train approaching the station, and other commuters were able to help the woman get back onto the platform.
The attack is the latest of many to have occurred in the New York subway system recently, despite Mayor Eric Adams promising to crack down on crime.
Transit crime in New York has sky rocketed in 2022 compared to 2021, with a 57.5 per cent increase.
Last Wednesday a man had his wrist slashed and arteries severed in the Bronx subway following an argument over loud music, according to a criminal complaint.
And just over a week ago a violent thug pulled out a knife on a man in the subway at Atlantic Avenue, after a ‘dispute’ and then stabbed him multiple times in the head and torso.
The 43-year-old victim was taken to the hospital in a stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery, while the attacker, who was wearing a Supreme beanie, is still on the run.
Last month, a Goldman Sachs worker Daniel Enriquez was killed after being randomly shot in the head on his way to Sunday brunch.
The attacker, Andrew Abdullah, had no motive and shot him in full view of other passengers before walking off the train at the next station.
He remained on the run for days before he turned himself in with the help of a Brooklyn minister.
And in April, subway shooter Frank James was on the run for two days despite being the most wanted man in the city.
The man pictured stabbed another man multiple times in the head and torso on the New York subway. The attacker is shown walking out of the subway after the attack on Sunday May 29
Daniel Enriquez (pictured) was shot and killed in a random attack on the subway in New York last month. He had originally planned to take an Uber, but decided to take the subway instead due to the ride-sharing platform’s surge pricing
Frank James (pictured) was charged with a federal terrorism offense over claims he opened fire on a packed subway train in Brooklyn in April, shooting 10 and injuring 23
Overall crimes have risen nearly 40 percent since last year, though murders and shooting incidents remain down
Mayor Eric Adams (pictured) has been heavily criticized, especially by families of victims, for failing to crack down on crime in New York
New York Mayor Eric Adams, who was an ex-cop elected on a promise to stop crime in the city, has been slammed along with the NYPD for their failure to do so.
According to NYPD data, while murders and shooting are down 9.9 and 7.9 per cent, respectively, from last year, overall crime is up nearly 40 per cent so far in 2022.
That includes a whopping 40 per cent rise in robberies, a 19 per cent increase in felony assaults and a 14.8 per cent increase in rapes.
Transit crimes are up to the highest, though, at 57.5 per cent – with 907 reported through May 22, 2022, compared to 576 reported at the same time last year.
Yesterday Mayor Adams fumed at prosecutors and judges for cutting loose suspected shooters, allowing them to unleash more gunfire in New York— saying the ‘bad guys no longer take them seriously.’
During a news conference with NYPD officials in Brooklyn, Adams praised cops for being ‘laser-focused on the shooters’ and making arrests but demanding that ‘the other team must do their part.’
‘The courts have to prosecute. Judges have to make sure they stay in, ‘he said.
‘Everyone has to do their part. If not, they go out and come back.
First five months of 2022 see four homicides on board the subway
Sunday’s shooting of Daniel Enriquez, 48, a Goldman Sachs researcher marked the fourth homicide in the New York City subway systems this year.
January: The first occurred in January, Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, was fatally pushed onto the subway tracks at the Times Square station by a homeless man, Martial Simon, 61.
He fled the scene, but turned himself in after the attack.
He was charged with second-degree murder, but was deemed unfit to stand trial.
March: Barbara Gustern, 87, a Broadway singing coach, was pushed onto the tracks by Lauren Pazienza, 26, of Long Island, who was indicted on manslaughter and assault charges.
Pazienza fled the scene that day and was on the lam for 11 days before turning himself in following Gustern’s death.
She has since pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.
April: Two men got into a fight near the turnstiles at the eastern end of the Jamaica Center – Parsons / Archer station in Queens, when one man pulled out a gun and shot 24-year-old Marcus Bethea twice in the chest and once in the groin .
He was rushed to a local hospital, but died shortly after.