New York police are looking for a man caught on video pushing a 26-year-old man onto subway train tracks on Saturday, Oct. 15.
In video of the incident, the suspect first attempts to lunge at a passing man, who is not yet close to the platform’s edge. After the man walks off-camera, the suspect runs after him, allegedly pushes him, then flees in another direction.
The suspect, wanted for reckless endangerment, is seen wearing black-and-white patterned pants, slip-on shoes that look like camo-patterned Crocs, and a black hooded puffer jacket.
The victim did not make contact with the electrified third rail and was helped back up by a bystander, according to the New York Post.
In a tweet, the New York Police Department asked that tips be direct-messaged to @NYPDTips or reported to (800) 577-TIPS.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams announced a “subway safety plan” earlier this year, which targeted mental illness and called for increased enforcement of subway behavior rules, according to a press release.
Two months after that announcement, a man injured 29 riders with a handgun after throwing two smoke grenades inside a subway car.
Around that time, the number of officers daily patrolling the subway system reached a high of 3,500, and arrests in the subway system were up 56 percent, according to NY1.
Just this month, an 18-year-old suspect was arrested after a boy, 15, was shot and killed in a fight aboard a subway car, according to CBS News. And the New York Post reported that several people wearing full-body neon green outfits assaulted and robbed two teenagers in a subway car.
Ten months from Adams’ announcement, major crime is up 42 percent in the subway system compared to last year, including eight murders, the New York Post reported.