Police arrest man accused of pushing victim off platform of L train onto tracks

NEW YORK – Police say they arrested the subway pusher last week’s vicious attack which was filmed.

His arrest comes as more officers converge on nearly two dozen subway stations amid rising crime in the transit system. A safety awareness campaign is now underway, with awareness actions in metro stations and officers putting safety advice in the hands of users.

“There’s definitely a real problem on the subway. After the pandemic, people aren’t hitting the road. But there could definitely be more police presence,” a passenger told CBS2.

Transit crime is up 41%, according to the latest NYPD data. Bringing cops into the system is part of a larger plan announced by Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams over the weekend to tackle crime in the subway.

“Make sure we implement the Governor and Mayor’s vision of how to achieve a safer system, and at the same time respectfully and compassionately assist people who use the system for shelter to access services. and hopefully get a better situation,” MTA Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber said.

“I’m sure having a little more security around is going to help, but I don’t think it’s going to make a drastic difference to the stories we hear,” said Nick Bratkovich, a resident of Lower Manhattan.

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On Monday, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner spoke with the families of two recent subway crime victims, following a dozen violent incidents in the system over the past week.

Police say they have arrested Lamale McRae, the man behind the infamous subway push on the L train platform at Wyckoff and Myrtle Avenues on Friday. McRae, 41, has more than two dozen prior arrests and served time in prison for attempted murder.

Zack Martin told CBS2 that the victim, his brother, fell several feet onto the tracks, face first. His brother is suffering and will be out of work for at least a month, he said.

Martin told us his brother was upset, but not suicidal, as an outlet reported.

“We’ve lived in New York all our lives, and now we’re afraid to leave the house to do something as simple as go to work. It’s scary,” Martin said.

On Sunday evening, police say a 62-year-old man was punched and fell onto the tracks at the 149th Street-Grand Concourse station. Good Samaritans helped him to safety and he suffered bruises. A 21-year-old was arrested in the unprovoked attack.

The victim’s wife told us, “That jerk last night, he has no business on the subway. He has no business doing what he was planning on doing. The cops are doing their part. It’s just that you take the train from the 219th street, number 2 train… That’s bad. You see homeless people. They’re mentally ill.

NYPD Transit Chief Says Overall Arrests Are Up 65% Over Last Year, Firearms Arrests In The System Are Up 28%, And There’s A 241% Increase In Arrests for carrying weapons.

“Thousands of additional officer visits each week, up to 300 stations will be busy during peak hours, and additional train runs will be made,” said NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox.

Lieber is calling on judges and district attorneys to help ban certain criminals from the transit system by enforcing an existing law in place.


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