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The suspect is Simon Martial, 61, pictured in a previous undated mugshot. He has been charged with murder in the Saturday incident
NYPD have arrested a man accused of shoving an Asian woman to her death in front an oncoming subway train in Times Square.
Simon Martial, 61, is charged with second-degree murder, police say, after the Saturday morning incident at around 9:40 a.m. in Manhattan when an unidentified woman was killed at the southbound N, Q, R and W platform at West 42nd Street and Broadway.
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.
Martial reportedly shoved the woman onto the tracks as a southbound R train approached the station in a seemingly random attack.
The MTA confirmed that the woman had been struck by a train. Police found the victim lying on the tracks, unconscious with trauma to her body.
Martial has a previous criminal record and served two years in state prison before being released in August 2021.
Sources told DailyMail.com that he has also 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.
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.
Martial’s sister, Josette Simon, was shocked told the New York Post that her brother has a history of mental illness, but had once managed a parking lot and made ‘good money.’
‘He’s been on medication for over 20 years and in and out of mental hospitals in New York,’ she told the Post.
The incident took place at the Times Square Subway Station at West 42nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan
The unidentified woman was at the N, Q and R lines at the station waiting for her train, police said
The Times Square subway station in Midtown is one of the busiest subway stations in the city
EMS personnel pronounced her dead at the scene, authorities said.
The victim was standing with two other women when she was pushed.
Police were seen taking away a ‘disheveled-looking man’ in a torn up sweatshirt from the scene.
An NYPD spokesperson said that a person of interest has been taken into custody in connection with the woman’s death.
A second person has also been taken into custody. Delays were reported on the N, Q and R lines due to the incident.
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
The assault occurred as New York City’s crime rate soars after Bragg’s controversial decision to downgrade burglary, armed robbery and drug dealing from felonies to misdemeanors.
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 own 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 had promised a return to broken-windows policing after winning on a tough-on-crime approach campaign.
‘I don’t know how Mr. Adams is going to do that when the DA is effectively handcuffing the police,’ he said.
Several of New York City’s borough district attorneys also took aim at the soft-on-crime policies laid out this week by Bragg.
This is the second death on the subway tracks in Manhattan in recent weeks.
A Good Samaritan was killed by a train after jumping onto the tracks to rescue the victim of a beating on New Year’s Day attack in the New York City subway.
Police on Wednesday apprehended two boys, ages 16 and 17 years old, charging them with murder, robbery and gang assault stemming from the death of Roland Hueston, NBC New York first reported.
It is unknown at this time if they were being charged as adults. Their names have not been released as of Friday morning.
The incident took place within the 46th precinct, which has seen 17 felonious assaults from January 1 to January 9, a 325 percent increase compared to last year.
Roland Hueston, 36, has been identified as the Good Samaritan who was struck by a subway train and killed while trying to save a man who had been attacked by an alleged gang
Police on Wednesday arrested two boys, 16 and 17, who they say were among the 11 people (pictured above) who attacked and beat up a 38-year-old inside a Bronx subway station
Earlier this week, police announced the arrest of another 16-year-old boy in connection with the deadly incident.
The teens were allegedly among nearly a dozen young people – eight males and three females – who police say attacked a 38-year-old man on the B/D train platform at the Fordham Road station in the Bronx at around 2.45am on January 1.
The New York Daily News previously reported that the beating victim was drunk and got into an argument with the youths, who began punching and kicking him. At least one of the alleged attackers threatened the victim with a knife, according to witness accounts.
In the course of the attack, the drunken man fell onto the tracks as a D train was pulling into the station.
Winston Glynn is just one of many repeat offenders who conducted violent crimes in New York City after skirting imprisonment
Winston Glynn’s case is not an oddity as New York City has seen a rise in the number of violent crimes conducted by men who were arrested for violent or alarming crimes but not held in prison while they waited for their court date.
Xavier Israel: ‘Beat up Good Samaritans’
Xavier Israel, 25
Xavier Israel, 25, who previously assaulted three other people in the past two weeks, had attacked an unidentified 59-year-old man who tried giving the homeless man his coat amid freezing temperatures. He has been charged with assault, robbery and grand larceny.
Israel had been arrested and released for his three previous attacks, one on January 2, when he allegedly beat up two 18-year-olds in Central Park, and then on Saturday when he attacked a 49-year-old woman who tried to offer him help.
He had been released both times on desk appearance tickets – meaning he had to appear in court on another date – since he had no prior convictions, according to NYPD records.
Craig Tamanaha: ‘Set fire to Fox News Christmas tree’
Craig Tamanaha, 49
Craig Tamanaha, 49, was arrested for setting fire to the Fox News Christmas tree on December 7. It was not a political attack – the homeless man targeted the tree at random, climbing it as Fox News staffers watched on then using a lighter to set it alight.
Tamanaha has a lengthy criminal record spanning at least 20 years and two states, and he was arrested in November for exposing himself outside the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in the city.
In 2002, the then-30-year-old Tamanaha was picked up in Abilene, Texas, on a public intoxication charge. Between 2017-2018, he was arrested on three separate occasions and charged with public intoxication, burglary and resisting arrest.
Tamanaha, who is described as unhoused and ’emotionally disturbed’, faces six misdemeanor charges, including arson, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.
Because all his charges are misdemeanors, bail could not be set for him and Tamanaha is back on the street without supervision or mental health support.
Agustin Garcia: Arrested in crime spree that began in Bronx
Agustin Garcia, 63
Agustin Garcia, 63, was arrested three times within 36 hours in a crime spree that began in the Bronx, where he allegedly stole a twelve-pack of Coors Light from a bodega on East 165th Street around 7.30 pm on November 21.
He was charged with petty larceny and turned back onto the street – a few hours later, he was back in handcuffs, according to the New York Police Department.
Garcia then robbed a subway rider at knifepoint at the Canal Street subway station around 3 am on November 22, telling her to ‘stay back’ when she pursued him, police said.
He was arrested, charged with felony robbery, and released again.
Just seven hours later, police arrested Garcia as he tried to climb up onto a platform from the tracks back at the West 145th Street/Lenox Avenue station. He fled into the tunnel after stealing another commuter’s iPhone.
After this third arrest he was charged with grand larceny and criminal trespass, and was sent to Bellevue Hospital for a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation.
Darrell Johnson: ‘Beat up two women on Upper West Side’
Serial offender Darrell Johnson, 28,
Darrell Johnson, 28, was arrested on December 2 for allegedly beating two women on Manhattan’s Upper West Side just minutes apart, leaving one of the victims with a ‘disfiguring’ injury and sending both to the hospital.
The career criminal was out in the streets despite facing additional assault, attempted assault and harassment charges stemming from an incident in August 2020 during which he allegedly punched and stomped on a man in Harlem.
Johnson was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault with intent to cause physical injury and multiple attempted assault and harassment charges for the December attacks.
Despite the slew of new and old charges against him, and his lengthy rap sheet listing at least 15 prior arrests, a Manhattan judge agreed to free Johnson without bail pending trial.
Johnson is due back in court on February 1, 2022.
Anthonia Egegbara: ‘Shoved innocent woman toward Times Square train tracks’
Anthonia Egegbara, 29
Anthonia Egegbara, 29, of Queens, was charged with attempted murder on October 7, over surveillance footage which showed her shoving an innocent woman toward the tracks as a train hurtled into Times Square station.
The unprovoked attack comes just three months after she was released without bail following an alleged assault on July 5 which left a 40-year-old woman suffering a black eye, broken nose and a knocked-out tooth.
Egegbara, who’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia, has a history of assault arrests, including at least seven times previously, according to NYPD records,
The three most recent incidents involved her allegedly kicking or biting other women on public transport.
Isus Thompson: ‘Randomly bashed cop in the head with backpack filled with metal safe’
Isus Thompson, 38
Isus Thompson, 38, randomly bashed Officer Kyo Sun Lee in the head with a backpack filled with a metal safe, a DVD player and a number of adult videos in the Bronx on November 14.
Unprompted, Thompson approached Lee, 30, on East 194th Street in The Bronx’s Fordham Manor neighborhood around 1.30am before assaulting him from behind.
Thompson, who was also found in possession of a metal box-cutter at the time of his arrest, was given three separate assault charges, weapon possession, harassment and resisting arrest, court records show.
One of his assault charges was listed as a felony, which grants judges discretion to set bail, but Thompson was instead set free on supervised release, meaning that he is just required to periodically check in with the court.
Thomas had been previously arrested for stabbing officer Demitrios Raptis with a knife in 2008.
Thompson pleaded guilty in 2008 to second-degree attempted murder for stabbing Raptis six times in the ride side of the stomach. Most of the blows were absorbed by Raptis’s bulletproof vest, but he also suffered stab wounds and still has a scar.
‘I could have died that night,’ Raptis told the New York Post. ‘I think the guy should be locked up, shouldn’t be let out. He could have killed this officer too. He should be behind bars.’
After the stabbing, Thompson was sentenced to five years in prison beginning in 2010 and was released two years later on parole, which expired in 2015, corrections records show. It is not clear whether the prosecutor in Thompson’s most recent offense was aware of his prior conviction.