THE BRONX (PIX11) — A fleeing mugger died Tuesday at a Bronx subway station when he fell between the train cars and was electrocuted by the third rail, authorities said.
Police said the suspect, who has not been identified, was one of four boys trying to rob people aboard a No. 2 train at around 5:30 a.m. A passenger called the cops and officers began pursuing the crew near the 180th Street station before apprehending three of them, police said.
The fourth male kept running and was jumping between train cars when he became pinned under the train and touched the third rail, police said. He died at the scene.
A 46-year-old officer injured his knee while chasing the suspects, police said.
Charges are pending against the three other males — 16, 17, and 18. Two of them had guns, police said.
Passengers told PIX11 News the incident is a harsh reminder of just how bad it is riding the subway. NYPD statistics show subway crime is up 20% year-to-year but down during the summer months from May to September.
Subway rider Roger Epps said he was on the same No. 2 train just an hour before the robbery.
“Back in the day you could sleep and not worry too much. I like to read and now every time the train stops, I look up and I am aware of my surroundings.”