A commuter is seriously-ill with a broken neck and spine after a stranger shoved her into an oncoming New York Subway train in an unprovoked attack. The unidentified assault victim, who is 55, was pushed into the side of the F train as it pulled into West 4th Street Station in Manhattan on Monday night.
She struck the side of the passenger car, before falling back onto the concrete platform. Eyewitnesses snapped photos in the aftermath of the attack showing the woman receiving medical treatment, and the man suspected of pushing her being cuffed after he was arrested.
The woman was rushed to hospital with fractures to her spine and neck, where she remains in a seriously-ill but stable condition. Matthew Montanez, 23, was arrested on suspicion of felony assault over the attack. He has five previous arrests on suspicion of crimes including grand and petty larceny.
Monday’s assault comes weeks after a spate of similar shoving attacks on the Big Apple’s subway network.
On November 22, a 29 year-old man was shoved onto the tracks at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center Station in Brooklyn. The victim suffered bruises, and was able to pull himself back onto the platform before a train pulled in, the New York Daily News reported.
Liliana Sagbaicela, 40, miraculously survived after 24 year-old Aditya Vemulapati allegedly pushed her in front of a 5 train as it pulled into Union Square Station on November 19.
Vemulapati has been charged with attempted murder.
And on November 18, beggar Justin Pena, 23, allegedly shoved a 36 year-old commuter onto tracks at Bryant Park Station after the man refused to give him money.
That victim was also able to make it back onto the platform before a train arrived.
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