BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (PIX11) – Police are searching for the man who randomly shoved a person onto the tracks at a subway station in Brooklyn Friday.
A 32-year-old man was pushed onto the tracks at the station in Bushwick at Myrtle Avenue and Wyckoff Avenue around 2:45 p.m., according to the NYPD.
It happened on the platform for the L and M lines. Fortunately, the victim did not get hit by a train or touch the third rail, police said. First responders treated him at the scene for his injuries.
The suspect ran off immediately after shoving the victim. He was a man in his 20s wearing a yellow hooded sweater and black vest, according to police. He was last seen fleeing on foot eastbound on Myrtle Avenue and hasn’t been arrested.
The incident is just the latest in a surge of subway crimes in New York City. Subway crimes are up more than 40% year-over-year, according to police data. People getting shoved onto tracks has become almost a weekly occurrence in recent months.
The increase in subway crimes has many riders nervous to take the trains.
“A couple years ago, everyone felt safe taking the trains. Now, it’s like chaos,” said subway rider Samantha Diaz.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).