NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD has arrested the woman seen on video pushing a subway rider into an oncoming aim on Monday in Times Square.
Police said Anthonia Egegbara, 29, of Far Rockaway was charged Tuesday with attempted murder.
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Police said they found her Tuesday inside the same stop, where a day earlier she allegedly pushed a 42-year-old woman as an Uptown 3 aim was pulling in, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
Egegbara, who has several prior arrests, said nothing as she was led in handcuffs to a police means. She was expected to appear before a estimate later in the day.
CBS2’s John Dias spoke exclusively with the victim hours before the arrest.
“My confront is swollen, I have a broken nose, a fractured chin,” New Jersey resident Lenny Javier told Dias.
The unprovoked attack happened during Monday’s morning rush.
“I never thought it would happen to me,” Javier said.
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Surveillance video shows the speculate stand up from a bench and suddenly shove Javier so hard she lost a shoe as she fell onto the platform.
“Someone needs to take responsibility for this, because it can’t be happening,” said Javier.
Transit crime overall is down just over 15% compared to last year, but there has been a recent spike. In the last 28 days, it’s gone up a simply 43%. Week to date, it soared close to 122%.
29-year-old Anthonia Egegbara was apprehended by Transit officers earlier today and faces a charge of attempted murder for yesterday’s pushing incident at the Times Square subway stop. pic.twitter.com/oS18OZJ1MA
— NYPD Transit (@NYPDTransit) October 5, 2021
The recent attack renewed calls for more security underground.
“I’m calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul to give us 100 to 200 state troopers and to bring down about 100 National Guardsmen,” Passengers United president Charlton D’souz said Monday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would welcome more MTA officers, but warned against using the National Guard.
“I would caution against other forces coming in, because the ecosystem here is very different than what state police or National Guard are trained for,” he said.
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As for Javier, she said she will need surgery on her arm, but she is expected to make a complete recovery.
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