LOWER MANHATTAN — In an apparently random attack, a man threw a fellow subway commuter on to the tracks Friday morning at the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall stop and now police are looking for the alleged attacker.
“I was crossing the platform and someone grab me from behind and threw me onto the tracks,” said 55-year-old Edwin Pinez of Staten Island. “I was knocked out, wobbly and could not get up. Somebody went in the tracks and picked me up.”
Cell phone video captured the very end of the rescue effort on the uptown 6-train tracks. Other commuters on the platform got an oncoming train to stop in time.
"I don’t know who he was," Pinez said. "I didn’t get a chance to look at him either. I was numb."
Police say the attacker wore a grey sweatshirt, black pants and carried a black backpack, and apparently walked away like nothing happened after the random attack.
Pinez escaped the ordeal with bumps bruises and a pretty nasty cut to his lip requiring stitches.
"I got to say thank you to a lot of people," Pinez said. "There’s nothing good about the situation but they made it better they made it better."
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).