A homeless person was accused of pushing a woman onto the train tracks in the Manhattan subway in front of City Hall, who had targeted the victim by following her until she pushed her.the prosecutors reported.
Identified as Samuel Junker, 41, was filmed by a security camera while following Xu Yanan34 years old, from Chambers St. station turnstiles to platform 1/2/3 around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night before he pushed her onto the railing below, court documents say.
“His only objective when he entered the subway station was to push the victim onto the tracks and then immediately escape”Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Madeline Holbrook explained during Junker’s arraignment, where the arrest of the alleged person responsible for pushing the subway was ordered with a bail of $250,000 dollars.
After the push, Yanan, broke his leg. Other New York subway commuters helped the woman onto the platform before the train arrived at the station.
junkerwho resided at a homeless shelter in White Plains, was arrested in TriBeca on Thursday after they were caught acting erratically on Broadwayin the vicinity of Lispernard Street.
The shooter was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation, but authorities quickly recognized him as the wanted subject in Tuesday’s crime.
The man was dressed in a tattered red shirt, jeans and non-braided work boots at the time of the attack.the prosecutors explained.
The assistant prosecutor told detectives that they were trying to determine if the evidence “supports higher charges.”including hate crime charges.
Station security cameras captured Junker entering and leaving the Manhattan train station.the prosecutors stated.
“(He) proceeded down the stairs, accelerating, to follow (his victim)”says the criminal complaint against Junker.
Before Tuesday’s push, the suspect was arrested twice in White Plains over the summer for criminal misconduct and trespassing.
He was arrested for trespassing on August 20, a week before the crime against Yananthe prosecutors said.
Junker has no convictions in New York, however he has several in Georgia, where he was arrested multiple times for criminal mischief and “exposure of sexual organs.”the prosecutors said.
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