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Simon Martial, 61, (pictured) was on parole for a prior felony conviction when he allegedly murdered Go on Saturday

Simon Martial, 61, (pictured) was on parole for a prior felony conviction when he allegedly murdered Go on Saturday

Simon Martial, 61, (pictured) was on parole for a prior felony conviction when he allegedly murdered Go on Saturday

The man accused of pushing a woman to her death in a New York City subway station was on parole for a prior felony conviction, prosecutors revealed during his arraignment on Wednesday. 

Simon Martial, 61, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Michelle Alyssa Go, who was shoved in front of a subway train in the Times Square station on Saturday. 

He was denied bail.  

Go, 40, was killed on Saturday after being shoved onto the tracks on the southbound N/Q/R/W platform at West 42nd Street and Broadway at around 9.40am. 

A mental fitness exam was ordered for Martial, who authorities said was on parole for a prior felony conviction at the time of the attack. His next court date is Feb. 23.

A vigil was held in Times Square on Tuesday night for Go, who was 40 years old and worked for the consulting firm Deloitte.

A prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office said the office is seeking to determine whether the attack was motivated by racial bias against Go, who was Asian American.

Prior to her death, Go (pictured) worked as a senior manager of strategy and operations for management and acquisitions at Deloitte Consulting, according to her LinkedIn

Prior to her death, Go (pictured) worked as a senior manager of strategy and operations for management and acquisitions at Deloitte Consulting, according to her LinkedIn

Prior to her death, Go (pictured) worked as a senior manager of strategy and operations for management and acquisitions at Deloitte Consulting, according to her LinkedIn

A request for comment was sent to New York County Defenders Services, which is representing Martial. 

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the attack was ‘unprovoked’ and the victim ‘does not appear to have any interaction with the subject.’ 

Prior to her death, Go worked as a senior manager of strategy and operations for management and acquisitions at Deloitte Consulting, according to her LinkedIn. 

She graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a bachelor’s in economics and public policy, and earned her Master of Business Administration from New York University. 

The statement comes after the sister of Martial – who is homeless – said her brother has been battling schizophrenia for more than two decades and should never have been let out of a mental institution.

When Martial, who has a lengthy criminal history, was asked by a reporter if he had been the one to push Go, he seemingly admitted to killing the subway rider and said: ‘Yes, because I’m God. Yes, I did it. I’m God. I can do it.’ 

A person wearing a face mask reading, "Stop Asian Hate," attends a candlelight vigil in honor of Michelle Alyssa Go, a victim of a subway attack several days earlier

A person wearing a face mask reading, "Stop Asian Hate," attends a candlelight vigil in honor of Michelle Alyssa Go, a victim of a subway attack several days earlier

A person wearing a face mask reading, ‘Stop Asian Hate,’ attends a candlelight vigil in honor of Michelle Alyssa Go, a victim of a subway attack several days earlier

Martial seen Saturday night leaving a Midtown precinct

Martial seen Saturday night leaving a Midtown precinct

Martial seen Saturday night leaving a Midtown precinct

Speaking to the New York Post on Monday, Martial’s older sister, Josette Simon, from Georgia, argued that her brother belonged in a mental health facility and should have been kept off the streets.

Simon said that in his youth, her brother was a hardworking and giving man, but by the time he was in his 30s, he had succumbed to paranoia and thought that people were after him.

Not long after their mother died 23 years ago, Simon said her brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

For a time, Martial stayed with another sister, but he had been in and out of mental hospitals for the better part of 20 years, according to Simon.

‘I remember begging one of the hospitals, “Let him stay,” because once he’s out, he didn’t want to take medication, and it was the medication that kept him going,’ his sister told the newspaper. 

The family (pictured) of Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, described her as 'kind and intelligent' in a statement shared on social media today, three days after she was pushed to her death in New York

The family (pictured) of Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, described her as 'kind and intelligent' in a statement shared on social media today, three days after she was pushed to her death in New York

The family (pictured) of Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, described her as ‘kind and intelligent’ in a statement shared on social media today, three days after she was pushed to her death in New York

Simon recounted that during her final conversation with her brother, he told her that ‘they’ were after him. She said Martial told her he was being watched by people hiding in closets.

Simon apologized to Go’s loved ones, saying that news of her violent death at the hands of her ‘sick’ brother has been tearing her apart.

‘I’m his older sister, and it really breaks my heart that there was nothing I could do,’ Simon said. ‘And they let him out in the street.’

Simon said she now would like to see her brother get professional help, rather than being locked up ‘like an animal with people who are really murderers.’

‘I’m not saying let him out, but get his some help,’ Simon said.

Martial has a lengthy criminal history, including serving two years in state prison for attempted robbery before being released in August 2021, the New York Post reported, citing state records. 

Sources told DailyMail.com that he has been arrested at least twice in the past for robbery. One incident was in August 2017 in Manhattan, when he was charged with first-degree robbery after allegedly entering a car, pretending to have a gun and stealing $43.   

New York City Mayor Eric Adams

New York City Mayor Eric Adams

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg

New York’s crime rate continues to rise under new Mayor Eric Adams, who promised to be tough on crime, and ‘woke’ progressive DA Alvin Bragg

Transit crimes have been rising throughout the pandemic with several people being thrown onto the subway tracks. A woman was killed on Saturday after a homeless person threw her on the tracks at the Times Square Subway Station at West 42nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan (pictured: police on scene in Times Square)

Transit crimes have been rising throughout the pandemic with several people being thrown onto the subway tracks. A woman was killed on Saturday after a homeless person threw her on the tracks at the Times Square Subway Station at West 42nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan (pictured: police on scene in Times Square)

Transit crimes have been rising throughout the pandemic with several people being thrown onto the subway tracks. A woman was killed on Saturday after a homeless person threw her on the tracks at the Times Square Subway Station at West 42nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan (pictured: police on scene in Times Square) 

He was also arrested in July 1998 for allegedly simulating a gun in an attempt to rob a taxi driver, threatening to kill the driver. He was charged with two counts of robbery and criminal possession of a weapon at the time.

Sources told the Post that he has had three encounters with police as an emotionally disturbed person. 

The horrifying attack comes as crime in the subway and around the city continues to soar at the beginning of Mayor Eric Adams and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s first terms.     

Bragg’s controversial decision to downgrade burglary, armed robbery and drug dealings from felonies to misdemeanors has drawn criticism, as it has led to many criminals being let back out on the streets.

The number of felony assaults has since increased by 4.7 percent over the course of the last week, as compared to the same time last year. 

Overall, crime is up 30.5 percent from the same period in 2021, according to the city’s crime stats.  

Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said newly-elected Mayor Eric Adams has his hands tied in terms of crime while Bragg’s office implements its woke policies. 

Adams has come under fire after saying at a press conference on Sunday: ‘New Yorkers are safe on the subway system… What we must do is remove the perception of fear.’

Curtis Sliwa, former Republican mayoral critic, lashed out at Adams on Twitter, writing: ‘What happened to the law & order candidate?’  

Source: Daily Mail

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