UPDATE: A suspect was taken into custody in the subway shoving, the NYPD said Tuesday morning.
There are millions of riders, hundreds of trains and an endless number of harmless, uneventful interactions in New York City’s subway system every single day, but it’s the high profile, random acts of violence that keep some riders on edge and on alert.
In the latest incident, a woman got up from a bench in the Times Square subway station and shoved a rider into a train as it pulled into the station. The victim slammed into the side of a northbound No. 1 train, suffering facial injuries.
Her attacker was still on the loose on Monday night.
A few hours after the subway shove — on an adjacent platform in the same busy Times Square station — police say a man in his 30s shot himself in the leg. The circumstances aren’t yet clear.
It’s also not clear what prompted the woman in the morning incident to shove another person into an oncoming train.
But a Pennsylvania native who moved to the Big Apple just a few weeks ago said he was well aware of the subway system’s reputation for potential danger – long before he set foot on a platform.
“I’ve been hearing about this on TikTok. People are getting pushed into the subway,” he said. “You gotta be alert.”
Republican Mayoral Candidate Curtis Sliwa said it’s not just a safety issue, but an economic one, as well.
Democratic Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams renewed his calls for a comprehensive gun violence safety plan.
“There’s no other way to say it: We can’t let this violence continue,” he said.
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).