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Police arrest man accused of shoving victim off L train platform, onto tracks

NEW YORK — Police say they arrested the subway pusher in final week’s vicious assault that was caught on digital camera. 

His arrest comes as extra officers converge at practically two dozen subway stations, as crime within the transit system is on the rise. A security consciousness marketing campaign is now underway, with outreach at subway stations and officers placing security ideas within the fingers of riders. 

“There’s definitely a real problem on the subway. After the pandemic, people not riding. But there definitely could be more of a police presence,” one rider informed CBS2. 

Transit crime is up 41%, in response to the newest NYPD information. Surging cops into the system is a component of a bigger plan introduced by Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams over the weekend to sort out subway crime. 

“Make sure that we’re implementing the governor’s and mayor’s vision of how do we accomplish a safer system, and also at the same time, respectfully and compassionately help folks who are using the system for shelter to get into services and to get hopefully a better situation,” stated MTA Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber.

“I’m sure having a little more security around is going to help, but I don’t think it’s going to make a drastic difference in the stories we hear,” Lower Manhattan resident Nick Bratkovich stated. 


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Monday, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner spoke with the households of two latest subway crime victims, after round a dozen violent incidents within the system final week. 

Police stated they arrested Lamale McRae, the man behind the notorious subway push on the L train platform at Wyckoff and Myrtle Avenues on Friday. McRae, 41, has greater than two dozen prior arrests and served time in jail for tried homicide. 

Zack Martin informed CBS2 the victim, his brother, fell a number of ft onto the tracks, face first. His brother is in ache and shall be out of work for at the least a month, he stated.

Martin informed us his brother is upset, however not suicidal, as one outlet reported. 

“We’ve lived in New York City our whole lives, and now we’re afraid to leave the house to do something so simple as go to work. It’s scary,” stated Martin. 

Sunday evening, police stated a 62-year-old man was punched and fell onto the tracks on the 149th Street-Grand Concourse station. Good Samaritans helped him to security and he suffered some bruises. A 21-year-old was arrested within the unprovoked assault. 

The victim’s spouse informed us, “This fool last night, he has no business on the subway. He has no business doing what he intended to do. The cops are doing their part. It’s just you ride the train from 219th Street, number 2 train … It’s bad. You see homeless. It’s the mentally ill.”

According to the NYPD chief of transit, total arrests are up 65% from final year, gun arrests within the system are up 28%, and there is a 241% improve in arrests for carrying weapons. 

“Thousands of additional officer tours weekly, up to 300 stations will be manned at peak hours and additional train runs will be made,” stated NYPD Chief of Transit Jason Wilcox.

Lieber is asking on judges and district attorneys to assist ban sure criminals from the transit system by imposing an current regulation in place. 

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