A woman has been pushed to her death from a subway platform into the path of an oncoming train in Times Square, according to New York City transit police.
The accident occurred around 9.40 a.m. EDT on January 15; The woman was declared dead at the scene, according to the New York City Police Department.
Police said the woman was standing near platform N, Q and R in Times Square – 42nd Street stopped when a man approached her and pushed her in front of a southbound R train.
The suspect is in custody. The woman’s name and age were not immediately released.
according to New York Daily News, a 61-year-old homeless man reportedly pushed the woman, got into a nearby train carriage, disembarked at the Canal Street station and confessed to the crime at a nearby transit police station.
Her death follows renewed pledges by Mayor Eric Adams to boost the police presence in subway stations in an effort to prevent crime.
“Total presence is key,” the mayor said at a press conference this month. People feel that the system is insecure because they do not see the officers. We’re going to give our systems a visual presence.”
The mayor was seen heading to Times Square on Saturday.
Passengers on the city’s subway trains are down in 2021 by more than 50 percent from pre-pandemic rates, as a series of high-profile crimes led to scrutiny of subway violence, while major crime rates overall were at their lowest in nearly two decades. time.
More than 2,000 officers have been assigned to patrol the city’s subway, and Mayor Adams and New York Governor Cathy Hochhol said earlier this month that more officers will conduct surveys across stations.
Three murders were reported on the city’s subway in 2019 and six in 2020. As of November, six murders were reported in 2021.
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