A woman has been charged with attempted murder, after allegedly pushing another woman into the path of a moving train on Monday morning.
Anthonia Egegbara allegedly shoved a 42-year-old victim into a train arriving at Times Square station in New York just after 8am on Monday.
The victim hit the side of the train and fell back onto the platform following the unprovoked attack.
In the video shared by New York Police Department, Ms Egegbara is seen sitting on the bench, before getting up just as the train arrives and pushing someone not seen in the surveillance footage.
New York Police Department appealed to people in hopes of identifying the suspect following the incident.
Ms Egegbara then walks off and she fled the scene.
The victim was taken to hospital in a stable condition and suffered injuries to her face and legs.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority acting Chief Communications Officer Tim Minton said the attack was "senseless"and "absurd".
"The city needs to provide additional mental health services to assist those who may endanger themselves and others," he said according to WABC.
"The NYPD's rapid identification and arrest in this case makes riders safer."
Another passenger told the news station the attack looked "malicious".
"That's scary. That could happen to anybody when you least expect it," Alejandro DeJesus reportedly said.
NYPD Transit reported Ms Egegbara, 29, was arrested on Tuesday after police officers spotted her around the same area the crime took place just a day earlier.
29-year-old Anthonia Egegbara was apprehended by Transit officers earlier today and faces a charge of attempted murder for yesterday’s pushing incident at the Times Square subway station. pic.twitter.com/oS18OZJ1MA
— NYPD Transit (@NYPDTransit) October 5, 2021
Injured victim wants action taken
The victim who was pushed into the train, Lenny Javier, told CBS New York she now has a swollen face, a broken nose and fractured chin.
“I never thought it would happen to me,” she said.
Ms Javier said someone needed to be held accountable for the attack, because incidents like what happened to her should not be happening.
According to WABC, there have been 20 incidents of someone being pushed at a subway station in New York this year, compared to 17 at the same time last year.
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