Homeless man charged with shoving elderly woman onto Brooklyn subway tracks after grandson told him to stop smoking

Morgan Chittum and John Annese, New York Daily News
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A homeless man has been charged with shoving an elderly woman off a Brooklyn subway platform after her grandson yelled at him to stop smoking.

Luis Hernandez, 38, was charged with attempted murder and assault for the wild Oct. 19 clash at the Clinton/Washington Aves. station in Fort Greene.

Hernandez was puffing away at a cigarette on the Manhattan-bound C train platform when 30-year-old Henry Cheng yelled at him to stop, according to cops.

That’s when Hernandez allegedly pummeled Cheng in the face, then attacked his 82-year-old grandfather, Ren Bao, who tried to intervene.

Cheng’s grandmother, Bi He, 73, was shoved onto the tracks by Hernandez during the scuffle, cops said. An oncoming train stopped just a few feet short her, Cheng told the Daily News.

The fall left the grandmother with a foot injury that required surgery and bleeding in her skull.

“I’m just relieved to hear that progress is being made,” Cheng said Monday after learning of the arrest.

Cheng previously told The News he regretted confronting the angry smoker.

“I didn’t think he’d respond like that,” Cheng said. “This guy seemed a little off.”

Hernandez is slated to be arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court.


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