A deranged man who tried to chat up a woman at a Manhattan subway station shoved the victim into the tracks when she asked him to leave her alone — the latest assault in an unsettling trend of violence underground.
The 25-year-old victim was waiting for a No. 2 train at the 96th St. station on the Upper West Side around 5 a.m. Friday when the man walked up and started talking to her, cops said.
When the woman asked to be left alone, the suspect became combative and started arguing with her. The victim took a cell phone photo of the man as they argued, police said.
Moments later, he shoved her off the platform and onto the roadbed and ran off.The woman managed to hoist herself back up before a train entered the station. She was not seriously hurt and refused medical attention at the scene.
Friday’s attack comes as cops try to combat a rash of assaults on the subway that include two stabbing deaths and a spree of mentally ill people pushing people to the tracks.
More than 500 additional cops have been sent down into the city’s transit system to tamp down the violence.
A week ago, 24-year-old Caleb Colwell, shoved a 47-year-old man onto the trackbed at the Marcy Ave. station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His victim was not harmed and Colwell was arrested for the attack on Monday.
The two were squabbling before the shove, with Colwell smacking the victim in the head before pushing him to the tracks, prosecutors said.
“I threw a dope fiend onto the train tracks,” Colwell allegedly told authorities. “We were fighting each other. I didn’t want to continue fighting. I walked away after throwing him onto the tracks.”
Police released the cell phone image of the Friday attacker in the hopes that someone recognizes him and calls Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.