Disturbing new video shows a subway driver launching an unprovoked attack from a 32-year-old man across from a Brooklyn platform, knocking him onto the tracks.
Police said the attack took place on the northbound L train track at the Wyckoff Avenue and Myrtle Avenue subway stations around 2:40 p.m. Friday.
Police released footage of the attacker on Saturday showing him standing on one side of the platform with his arms crossed and back on track as he spotted his target on the other side of the platform near another set of tracks.
The pusher looks sideways as if to check the shore is clear – then sprints and takes a tackle position, knocking the victim off his feet with his shoulders and hands.
The unsuspecting victim fell to the ground and tumbled onto the tracks, leaving only his sunglasses on the crowded platform. The attacker then ran back to where he started, grabbed his backpack, and ran out through the turnstile.
The victim was injured but was not hit by the train, police said. A bus worker who spoke with the victim told The Washington Post on Friday that the man suffered a shoulder injury.
“He was just shocked that this happened to him,” the worker said.
“It wasn’t like he had a conflict with that guy or they were arguing about something. It was just a random push. He was just pushed onto the rails – that’s what he said. This guy pushed him onto the tracks. “
Police are now asking for the public’s help in identifying the attacker, who was wearing glasses, a yellow hoodie and a black jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 or submit a tip online.
The attack is the latest disturbing incident as violence soars through the Big Apple’s transportation system.Last week in the Bronx, a 26-year-old man was pushed onto 6 train tracks on East 149th Street station in the Bronx. Miguel Ramirez, 35, faces attempted murder and other charges in that attack.
A 48-year-old construction worker fell on the tracks and was hit by an F train during an altercation with a dropped cell phone on Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Boulevard in Queens.