Cops have collared a 23-year-old man in the subway shove at the Bryant Park station Wednesday evening.
Justin Pena was picked up by the NYPD Thursday afternoon and charged with attempted murder, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted.
Pena allegedly attacked the 36-year-old man while waiting for the B or D train at the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station around 6:50 p.m. after the straphanger refused to give money to the panhandler, according to police.
Pena allegedly punched the man multiple times and pushed him on the tracks, cops said.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A horrific attack happened Thursday morning at the 14th Street-Union Square subway station.
Investigators say for no apparent reason a man pushed a stranger just waiting for a train onto the tracks, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
Police characterized the attack, which was captured on shocking surveillance video, as attempted murder.
An oncoming train appeared to be the trigger for the suspect, who darted over to a woman standing unaware until it was too late.
Terrifying moment woman, 40, is shoved onto subway tracks and run over by a train in an ‘unprovoked’ attack at a NYC station
He was charged with attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment on Thursday afternoon.
According to CBS, witnesses said they saw Vemulapati pacing and muttering to himself on the platform before pushing the woman as the train pulled in.
He allegedly didn’t say a word as he pushed her and made no attempt to run away.
‘A suspect was immediately taken into custody after a vicious and unprovoked assault at 14th St Union Sq,’ NYPD Transit said. ‘This is an ongoing investigation.’
Emergency responders rushed to the scene after receiving several frantic 911 calls.
They found the unidentified 40-year-old woman trapped under a 5 train with a head injury and FDNY ordered power to the tracks to be shut down as they pulled the victim out.
She had allegedly been able to lay flat on the track bed as the train went over her, avoiding major injuries. Two subway cars passed over her before the train came to a stop.
Her injuries were considered non-life-threatening and she was alert and conscious but was taken to Bellevue Hospital, cops said.
A shocking new video shows the moment an unhinged homeless man shoves an unsuspecting straphanger to the tracks just before the subway pulls into the station.
Surveillance footage posted to social media shows the man pacing back and forth on the northbound 4/5/6 platform at 14th Street-Union Square just before 8:30 on Thursday morning before running at the 40-year-old woman and pushing her onto the tracks.
One of the other straphangers grabs his head in shock and turns away, the video shows.
The woman, though, escaped only with minor injuries from her fall.
“She fell, fortunately for her, between the row bed and the rails,” Transit Chief Kathleen O’Reilly said at a press conference Thursday morning. “Very minor injuries but for the grace of God.”
The suspect, Aditya Vemulapati, was arrested moments later and charged with attempted murder, assault reckless endangerment, police said.