MANHATTAN — Police arrested the “Make America Great Again” hat-wearing man who allegedly pushed a Hispanic man onto subway tracks after making several racist remarks.
Willie Ames allegedly said Hispanic people bring drugs and crime to the country, then repeatedly punched the victim at the Union Square subway station on Friday, police said. He pushed the 24-year-old victim onto the track bed before fleeing on a Brooklyn-bound L train.
A friend of the victim helped him back onto the subway platform, officials said. He needed staples for a head wound.
Ames has been charged with attempted first-degree assault as a hate crime, second and third-degree assault as a hate crime and second-degree aggravated assault, according to the criminal complaint.