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Police: Subway rider punched in random “knockout” attack falls onto tracks

NEW YORK – Police are investigating one other subway attack, simply as metropolis leaders announce new plans to handle transit crimes. 

The newest incident occurred round 9:45 p.m. Sunday on the southbound 4 prepare platform at East 149th and Grand Concourse in Mott Haven, the Bronx.

Police mentioned a 62-year-old man was randomly punched in what seems to be a part of the “knockout game” and fell onto the tracks. 

Officers managed to assist the sufferer to security and arrest his attacker.

“It’s scary, because I come on this subway every day, and my kids, as well,” Mott Haven resident Rosa Gonzalez informed CBS2. 

Commuters mentioned they weren’t stunned and have skilled points themselves. 

“Harassment, a lot of people yelling in the subways, on the platforms,” mentioned resident Sabrina Wilson.

As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported, there have been practically a dozen violent incidents in the subway system final week alone. Among the victims, David Martin was pushed onto the tracks at Wyckoff and Myrtle avenues in Brooklyn. 

“My collarbone is broken and everything around it is sprained, so I can barely move my left side,” Martin informed CBS2. 

Year-to-date, NYPD stats present general citywide crime is up greater than 30% in comparison with final year. We requested riders what they assume is the answer. 

“More police, more help for the mentally ill, and I think that will help out a lot,” Wilson mentioned. 

Over the weekend, Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams introduced a joint metropolis/state initiative known as “Cops, Cameras, Care.” It contains ramping up officer presence on platforms and trains, including 1,200 every day extra time shifts. 

“This will dramatically increase police presence on our trains, deter crime and disorder,” Adams mentioned. “That uniform means a lot.”

The plan additionally contains including cameras on particular person prepare vehicles. The third part, “Care,” includes including devoted models at psychiatric facilities for these with critical psychological well being sickness to get the assistance they want. 

“We’re going to open a new psychiatric facility, a brand new psychiatric facility, for the severe mental illness cases in the subway,” MTA Chair Janno Lieber mentioned. “The ‘care’ part has not been here. We’re going to get some of these people out of the public space. It is disproportionately impacting the experience in New York.”

First responders may even get particular coaching for participating with these experiencing homelessness. 

The police commissioner mentioned bulletins might be made by subway conductors to inform commuters when officers are current. 

“The announcements are so riders are aware that our police are there and they can offer assistance,” mentioned Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell. 

Back to the most recent incident in the Bronx, police arrested 21-year-old Deshaun Smith on costs of reckless endangerment, assault and harassment. 

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