2 Subway Crimes: Man Pushed Onto Tracks and Woman Groped

Police are investigating two crimes that occurred over the past few weeks in the subway, and have released videos and images.

The first occurred on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at about 5:30 a.m. inside the station at 59th Street & Columbus Circle. A 30-year-old man was waiting for the southbound A train when another man came up to him and pushed him onto the tracks without any apparent provocation, police said. The assailant fled in an unknown direction. “EMS responded and transported the victim to Mount Sinai hospital and suffered scratches to the right arm and pain to the right leg and right rib cage. No words were exchanged prior to this unprovoked attack,” police said.

The surveillance video below gives a partial view of the incident:

And last Wednesday, October 7 at 10:34 p.m., police said the man shown below touched a 37-year-old woman’s butt in the 96th Street station at Broadway. “When the victim confronted him about it, the individual apologized and entered further into the station,” police said. The individual is described as a Black man with a salt and pepper beard; last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater, black pants and black sneakers.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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    1. UWSHebrew says:

      “touched a woman’s butt” — I expected better from WSR. It should be “rear” or “behind”, perhaps “posterior”.

    2. Paul says:

      “…touched a 37-year-old woman’s BUTT?”’ Is that how NYPD actually stated it? Or is that how WSR enditorialized it?

    3. TreeLover says:

      Was her “butt” touched accidentally since he apologized
      and then gets turned into a crime or was it squeezed on purpose and is an assault?
      What did this women say, do people know the difference before this man gets arrested?
      I have seen him sitting passively hanging around by 96 street minding his own business.
      Seems illogical for someone to have all those packages they are caring without the ability to make a quick getaway after committing a so called crime of touching someone.

      • GeezLouise says:

        Are you a defense attorney?

        The woman confronted him about it. If it was an accidental brushing, I doubt she would have done so.

        But sure, carry on!

        • your_neighbor says:

          Are you judge, jury and executioner?

          They guy had a bunch of bags and it is perfectly reasonable that a bag brushed by her and the woman freaked out. Lots of people are hypersensitive these days. He could have apologized for the bag brushing against her.

          Let’s be fair to everyone and let the courts hear the case before calling for a lynch mob.

          • vanguard404 says:

            We saw the same man do the same thing again in the 96th St station this weekend. The woman who was assaulted – it was NOT accidental (the station and stairs were fairly empty and there was no crowding forcing him into her proximity, and he wasn’t carrying a bag) – shouted at him, he let out a demented-sounding cackle, and then he headed off down the platform to the stairs at the far (dountown) end. My wife went and got the police officers on the upper level, and they chased him down, but the police never took the woman’s name or any other particulars, and it’s unclear if any charges will actually be brought against this guy, who is definitely in need of help.

    4. Carrie says:

      I am disturbed at the lack of police presence on trains (not just platforms) to enforce the mask policy and stop dangerous behavior by, among others, performers and beggars going through train cars and endangering our lives by singing, shouting, talking incessantly with no masks (or useless cloth ones) on.

      • Peter says:

        Are you kidding? More police? The NYPD is about to massively downsize. There will be fewer cops and they are not enforcing mask requirements or homeless panhandlers on the subway. This is what people want and this is what they get. This is what defunding the police means. More programs and fewer cops. No bail and no punishment so why have cops there?

    5. Ben David says:

      Want to see eve more of this? Keep voting for our local candidates from the Democratic party who support moving more homeless into the neighborhood, building new shelters, and of course, “reimagining” the NYPD.

    6. Nina Lannan says:

      Can you find out why there are so many more helicopters flying over our neighborhood?

      • jhminnyc says:

        Here, here! What’s with all the helicopters hovering over the UWS making such a racket? Are they police? Homeland Security? Tourists?

        • Ye Olde Englifhe Teachere says:

          1. Re: “here here….” It’s “hear hear” short for “hear him, hear him” and it dates to the late 1600’s in Britain’s Parliament .
          2. Re: ” What’s with all the helicopters….”
          excellent explanation in Gotham Gazette:
          as “Paul” points out below.

      • ST says:

        Not more. There just was a break during Covid so you may notice them more now. There are up to forty air tourism flights a day over where I live coming out of New Jersey. The goal is incessant circling of the Reservoir, the money shot. Then there are the too-low, too-fast private helis, often with their transponders turned off. A couple of companies and a few people poaching on the solace and serenity of Central Park. Thank Bill DeBlasio and IMO his campaign contributions.

      • Alex says:

        I’ve been wondering the same thing.I think its a co. in NJ(Kearney) either giving rides or lessons.There are at least 3 copters they come one after the other. They fly in from NJ direction and fly over to Central Pk and fly south a little then turn and go back to Jersey, I followed them with binoculars the other day.

      • Ken says:

        Very good question! Other than when it’s raining, helicopters are now more or less continually overhead.

    7. GeezLouise says:

      Gotta keep your head on a swivel at all times, especially on a subway platform. There are too many truly sick individuals walking around these days.

      • GLocker says:

        Moving hundreds of them into the neighbourhood but not integrating them by giving them employment, responsibilities, proper supervision is not going to help. One would think they will be happy,thankful and proud getting luxury accommodation but many of them are not appreciative. Some are simply not quite there. I saw one cursing at two police men from a relatively safe distance. They just shrugged their shoulders and turned away.

    8. Drew Kopf says:

      Please. Let’s finally do something to stop people from being pushed, from jumping or from falling in front of our subway trains. Let’s use wire mesh fencing, which is effective and reasonalbly priced until proper walls can be built on the platforms to keep riders safe. I have been writing about this for years in the comment section of the WSR and would paste links to each of those comments except for limited space. This is headlined in this article as a crime. Pushing someone in front of a train is attemped murder. The crime is we keep letting such a potential danger exist in our subway system when we know darn well what to do and yet we keep ignoring our responsibility to get it done.

    9. Drew Kopf says:

      Lets put up wire mesh fencing until we can build proper walls on the subway plartforms to stop people from being pushed or jumping or accidently falling in front of subway trains.

      Drew Kopf says:
      September 27, 2019 at 3:18 pm
      We are living in interesting times. Someone said, “Every life is like an entire world.” A fellow WSR reader pointed out that repeating my message like this will do nothing to stop people from killing themselves even if we do stop some people from falling off the subway platform or from being pushed off the platform by someone else by installing walls on the platforms with doors the allow access to the the train cars but only trains are in the station. I tend to focus on the positives. So, let’s get this building of walls in the NYC subways that will protect people from being hit by oncoming trains. Let this be the last time we need to offer this comment because some poor person got hit by an MTA subway train. These walls we really do need. Does the proposed new budget include the walls? Whatever that budget plan does include let it also include these walls. Make some calls and make it happen. Thank you;.