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By:  Serach Nissim

On early Sunday morning, a woman was injured in another random attack at a subway station.

As reported by the NY Post, at about 6:15 a.m. on Sunday, a woman standing at a Manhattan subway station was shoved into the side of a standing subway car.  The 42-year-old victim was taken to Cornell Hospital.  She was said to be in stable condition. The random attack took place at a subway station by Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street on the Upper East Side.  The male suspect ran away, and police were searching for him, but it wasn’t immediately clear which way he went.   Police do not yet have a clear description of the attacker.  Police also don’t have a clear motive yet for the unprovoked attack. The investigation is ongoing, and the suspect is still at large, police said.

The MTA is still struggling with subway violence and subsequent low ridership, which started with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Over the past few years, subway shovings have been on the rise – sometimes even leading to death.  As per the Post, in 2022, over two dozen people were pushed in NYC’s underground system, with two of the incidents proving fatal.

Last Sunday, on May 14th at about 6:45 a.m., a female suspect had shoved a 67-year-old down the stairs at a Queens subway station at the Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street station.  The victim suffered injuries to her head and elbow due to the fall.

In another recent similar unprovoked incident in March, a 36-year-old straphanger was pushed into the side of a moving train in Brooklyn.  The victim had been waiting for a train on the platform of the 59th Street station in Sunset Park just after 6 p.m.

On a Sunday, when the suspect approached him and pushed him into the side of a northbound R train without saying a word, per the Post.  The victim had bounced off the train and fell back onto the platform, without falling on the tracks.  The victim suffered bleeding to the head, and was taken to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn in stable condition.

In February, a 66-year-old Brooklyn man was shoved onto subway tracks by a homeless stranger who had a long list of previous offenses.  The victim, who was attacked on a Saturday afternoon at the President Street station platform in Crown Heights, had called the attack “ridiculous!” “I can tell you, the subway station — there is no one here to help you,” Pierre Augustin, a father of two, later said in an interview with The Post. “When you get there, you are on your own. No police, nothing! In New York, they don’t protect you.” His attacker had been previously arrested at least 19 times over the last 12 years, per police sources.  “When they have a person [arrested] many times like that … that’s a problem!” Augustin had said.

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