Brooklyn Rider pushed to track in Bushwick – NBC New York

Violence in New York City’s subway system escalated again on Friday, with police confirming that a person was pushed to the tracks in Brooklyn before the start of the afternoon commute.

The victim was at the station at Myrtle and Wyckoff avenues in Bushwick, which serves the L and M lines, when a stranger approached and pushed the person onto the streetcar, police said. It happened shortly before 3 p.m

It was not clear if words were exchanged before the push. The victim was treated at the scene and was not hit by a train. Physically, the person is expected to be well.

Police say the suspect was described as being about 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing a yellow hoodie and black vest as he ran east on Myrtle Avenue. It did not appear that the service was immediately greatly affected.

Friday’s push comes just one day after two other subway attacks — one involving a kitchen knife and another involving a samurai sword — amid a surge in violence that has seen five people killed in the transit system in the past few weeks.

Earlier this week, a 48-year-old Queens man died after falling onto the tracks in Jackson Heights during an argument over a lost cell phone with another straphanger, authorities have said. A 50-year-old man has been arrested in that case.

NBC New York’s Melissa Colorado reports.

That fatality marked the ninth in the subway system in 2022 and the fifth in two weeks.

Mayor Eric Adams has sought to reassure New Yorkers that the system that strained during the pandemic, along with much else in the five boroughs, is safe. He is expected to address transit crime among a number of other factors at a weekend “Crime Summit” at Gracie Mansion. Around 40 people are expected to attend.

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