NEW YORK (PIX11) — A woman was critically injured when she was pushed into a moving subway train in Manhattan Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The 30-year-old victim was standing on the platform at the 53rd Street-Fifth Avenue subway station in Midtown when she was shoved at around 12:05 p.m., according to the NYPD. The woman then hit her head on the train as it was leaving the station, police said.
She was taken to the hospital in critical condition and had surgery performed on her head, according to officials.
PIX11 News was told the attack was unprovoked and that other riders helped the woman up and immediately called 911.
While city data shows pushing incidents are down to 15 compared to 22 last year, one rider said it’s still important to stay vigilant on the train.
“It’s unfortunate. It could be any of us. So my advice, like I was telling her, don’t even wear AirPods. You gotta be aware of your surroundings. Don’t listen to music ‘cause somebody can come from behind,” the rider said.
“We developed a person of interest almost immediately based off video surveillance and that person of interest turned into probable cause where he’s wanted,” said NYPD Chief of Transit Michael Kemper.
There have been no arrests however, police are still searching for that person of interest, who is believed to be 39-year-old Sabir Jones, according to authorities.