A straphanger was pushed onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn Sunday, the latest in a spate of such attacks in city stations.
The unsuspecting victim, a 29-year-old man, was shoved from behind by a stranger at the Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center station around 11:30 a.m. and tumbled onto the tracks for the 4 and 5 trains, police said.
Shocking surveillance video shows the victim, dressed in a blue jacket, standing by the platform’s edge right before the suspect thrusts out one arm and shoves him. Another straphanger can be seen trying to stop the pusher, who twists away and walks off.
The victim only suffered minor bruising and was able to get himself off the tracks back onto the platform by himself, cops said.
He was taken to the 78th precinct stationhouse, where he was helping NYPD detectives identify his assailant, who remains on the loose.
The shove came after multiple New Yorkers have been pushed into tracks over the past month. The most recent incident saw a 40-year-old woman shoved from behind and miraculously surviving as a train ran over her Thursday. A suspect was arrested in that case.
The MTA called on the city to “do much more to ensure that those who are mentally ill get the services they need.”
“As we continue to do the work of moving millions of essential workers and other New Yorkers during this crisis, we appreciate the work and partnership of the NYPD and the MTA PD to police the subway system and investigate these isolated incidents an make arrests when they occur,” MTA Spokesman Andrei Berman said.
Cops ask anyone with information about the attacker to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
With John Annese
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