A suspect has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly pushing a man on New York City subway tracks last week.
Lamale McRae, 41, of Brooklyn, was arrested Monday in Queens in connection with what police said was an unprovoked attack Friday afternoon at the Wyckoff Avenue and Myrtle Avenue subway station.
McRae was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on charges of attempted second degree murder and attempted first degree assault, two felonies.
He was also charged with endangering the well-being of a child for allegedly pushing an 8-year-old boy to the ground as he fled the scene, causing abrasions to the child’s knee, according to the complaint.
McRae was taken into custody and his next court appearance is scheduled for November 14, according to court records. ABC News did not immediately receive a response to an email seeking comment from his attorney.
McRae was arrested days after the New York Police Department released footage of the incident, while appealing for the public’s help in locating the suspect.
Police say a man “intentionally unprovoked” charged the 32-year-old victim, pushing him onto the tracks, before fleeing.
McRae was arrested with the help of advice from the public, police said.
The victim was injured in the chute attack but was not struck by a train, police said.
He was treated at a local hospital for a broken collarbone and a sprained shoulder, among other injuries, according to the complaint. He has since been released.
“In the blink of an eye, I was shoved head-on into the train tracks,” victim David Martin said in an interview with ABC New York station WABC.
“Mentally, I don’t even know how to get out of it,” he told the station.
Martin, a New York native who was on his way to work when he was attacked, said he always felt safe riding the train. “Now, at 32, I don’t feel safe anymore and that’s not fair, and that’s not OK,” he told WABC.
On Saturday, New York Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul said they plan to add more officers to subway stations, among other measures, to tackle crime in public transport.