NEW YORK (77WABC) – A woman is shoved onto subway tracks, in the path of an oncoming train by a stranger, and survives. It happened Thursday morning around 8:30am at the 14th Street/Union Sq subway station and the horrific incident all caught on surveillance video.
As the 5 train going northbound approaches the station, a woman who is not even close to the edge, is violently pushed from behind onto the tracks. She told police that her attempted murderer didn’t say a single word before almost killing her. The woman, who had headphones on, was listening to Bible passages.
“The perpetrator had no contact with the victim. There were no words exchanged,” NYPD Assistant Chief Kathleen O’Reilly said. “It’s very disturbing. We see him waiting, calculating, for the train to approach the station and the opportune moment.
O’Reilly added, “She fell fortunately for her between the roll bed and rails, and by the grace of God sustained only minor injuries.”
Police identified the suspect as 24-year-old Aditya Vemulapati, who is believed to be homeless. He was charged with attempted murder and assault.
The suspect did not run away after the push. As the video shows, a MTA officer points him out to arresting officers.
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The incident marked the second time in 14 hours that a stranger pushed a subway rider onto tracks. On Wednesday, a 36-year-old man was beaten and shoved to the train tracks at 42nd Street/Bryant Park.
On Thursday announced the arrest of 23-year-old Justin Pena. He was charged with attempted murder and reckless endangerment.
NYC Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg said the city must do more to address mentally ill people above ground and in the subways.
“It’s not fair to the people who are using the system. It’s not fair to the woman who experienced this today. We have a crisis in this city and it absolutely has to be addressed,” Feinberg said. “I’m desperate for this mayor or the next mayor to take it on because we have a long way to go.”