Asian woman is robbed and pushed onto the subway tracks in NYC’s Times Square – less than a week after international tourists were welcomed back into US after pandemic
- Woman was on the uptown R train platform in Times Square when a man snatched her purse and shoved her onto tracks at 1.45pm Friday
- Good Samaritans rescued the woman, who was left bloodied after suffering injuries to her head and neck
- Witnesses detained the suspect until police arrived and arrested him
- Assailant was described as a man in his 40s and homeless
- Latest data show that felony assaults went up 8.3 per cent compared to the same time last year
- Robberies have gone up 2.1 per cent, and transit crime spiked nearly 14 per cent during the same time period
An Asian woman was waiting for a subway train in Times Square in Manhattan on Friday afternoon when police say a homeless man snatched her purse and shoved her onto the tracks.
The violent attack took place just before 1.45pm on the uptown R subway platform.
Witnesses immediately jumped into action and detained the suspect until police arrived to arrest him.
An Asian woman was on the uptown R train platform in Times Square when a man snatched her purse and shoved her onto tracks at 1.45pm Friday. She is pictured being removed from the station by firefighters
The victim was rescued from the tracks by Good Samaritans. She is pictured with a bandage around her head and blood on her face
The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for head and neck injuries. She appeared conscious and alert during transport
Meanwhile, Good Samaritans rescued the victim from the tracks, who was then taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries to her head and neck, reported ABC 7 NY.
Photos taken at the scene showed the unnamed woman being taken away in a wheelchair, with a bloody bandage wrapped around her head and blood streaming down her face.
The woman appeared alert and conscious while being transported to the hospital.
Police have not identified the suspect, who was described as a man in his 40s and homeless. Charges against him are pending.
The incident comes less than three days after a man was accosted by a group of teenagers, who slashed him in the face and stabbed him in the neck just steps away from Times Square.
An FDNY truck is pictured outside the busy subway hub in times Square
Witnesses to the attack were said to have detained the assailant until police arrived
Chrges against the suspect, described as a man in his 40s and homeless, are pending
The stabbing took place before dawn on Wednesday at the corner of West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue.
The victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition. No arrests have been announced in connection with that case.
New York City continues to be in the throes of a massive crime surge, even as it welcomes back international tourists after the US ended its 20-month COVID travel restrictions.
Visitors from 33 countries, including the UK, Russia and Chine, can now travel to the US provided they are fully vaccinated, a landmark moment in New York’s bid to recover economically from the pandemic.
Overall crime in New York City continues to steadily grow
Some 8.5 million foreign tourists expected to visit New York in 2022.
Latest data show that felony assaults went up 8.3 per cent compared to the same time last year. Robberies have gone up 2.1 per cent, and transit crime spiked nearly 14 per cent during the same time period.
While murders dropped 2.4 per cent and shootings decreased 1.3 per cent, overall crime is still up 1.73 per cent from last year.