Woman Who Was Shoved Onto Subway Tracks In The Bronx Speaks Out About Frightening Attack

There's new video of a woman accused of shoving another woman onto subway tracks in the Bronx. The victim survived and is telling her story; CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports.

Video Transcript

- Shoved by a stranger on the subway. There's new video of a woman accused in the attack in the Bronx.

- The victim survived and is telling her story, and CBS News Natalie Duddridge has more.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Surveillance shows the suspect-- a woman in yellow pants-- coming down the subway stairs. Police say she attacked this woman, 54-year-old Rosa Elizabeth Gaeas-Florencio, shoving her onto the subway tracks.

ROSA ELIZABETH GALEAS-FLORENCIO: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: We translated for her saying, "I thought I was going to die in that moment." Florencio says she was walking on the 2 and 5 platform at the 174th Street station Tuesday at 8:00 AM, when a woman who said nothing to her randomly pushed.

ROSA ELIZABETH GALEAS-FLORENCIO: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: "She came at me with her body. I wasn't near the train track. I was about three meters away and she made me trip. She came at me again, and this time I went down."

Now panicked and on the tracks, Florencio called out for help.

ROSA ELIZABETH GALEAS-FLORENCIO: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: "I was desperate when I saw the train was coming. There was a guy there, so I screamed, 'Help me! Help me!' That's when he quickly came towards me and took me out.

The suspect took off, while the good Samaritan pulled her onto the platform and she was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital. She showed us some of the bruising to her body.

We reached out to the Transit Workers Union. It said, quote, "Nobody feels safe in the subway these days." And the MTA says these random attacks are happening all too often, issuing this statement saying, "While we appreciate the partnership of the NYPD and our own police, these kinds of unprovoked attacks tend to have mental illness as the root cause. The city simply has to do more-- and quickly."

- People do things when there's no security around.

- I just stand, like, behind one of these things.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: There's been a string of unprovoked transit attacks in recent weeks. Police are now offering a $2,500 reward for tips in this latest one.

DERMOT SHEA: The public demands, and they deserve, an arrest on this case to put them at ease.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: As for Florencio, she says this is the second time she's been attacked on the subway. She worries about her kids' safety and getting on a train again.

In the Crotona Park East section of the Bronx, Natalie Duddridge, CBS 2 News.