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It happened just after 9:30 a.m. inside the Times Square-42nd Street subway station.
Police say the 40-year-old Asian woman was pushed onto the tracks as a southbound R train approached the station.
Shocked subway riders looked on in disbelief.
“People jump when they try to finish their life themselves, it’s okay, but to do it this way, it’s crazy,” subway rider Julia Avramenko said.
She says she is uneasy.
“I’m afraid to stay on the corner because I know that sometimes some crazy people can push somebody,” Avramenko said.
The male suspect is in custody.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is expected to join police at press conference Saturday afternoon to give new details.
Last week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Adams announced a plan to calm New Yorkers’ fear about returning to the subways during the pandemic.
They announced that police will patrol the subways during their beat, looking to help the homeless.
“We’re going to get them the support they need, get them into shelter, and ultimately into housing,” Hochul said.
“You know this happens, but when you hear and you see it, it’s horrible for the family, the girl. It’s really scary,” subway rider Yolanda Vriones said.
The MTA has surveillance cameras in every subway station now.
Saturday’s incident was likely caught on subway cameras that could help police with their investigation.
The MTA said southbound N trains were running on the express track from 57th Street-7th Avenue to 34 Street-Herald Square and southbound R trains were running on the F line from 36th Street to West 4th Street-Washington Square and then via the D line to DeKalb Avenue.
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