An Asian woman was killed Saturday morning after she was pushed in front of an oncoming subway train at Times Square Station, police said.
Police said the woman was standing on the platform at about 9:30 a.m. waiting for the train to arrive at the station on 42nd Street in Manhattan. When a Brooklyn-bound R train sped to the station, it was pushed onto the rails and crashed into it.
Police said she died at the scene. Her name was not immediately revealed. It was not clear if she was targeted because she is Asian.
Police said officers arrested a man shortly after, and he was still under questioning around 11 a.m.
The killing is at the core of many of the issues that have fueled fears from some New Yorkers for subway safety since the pandemic began and came after state and city officials this month announced changes to how police operate the transit system.
More than 2,000 officers are assigned to patrol the system, and they will lead more regular surveys than that.
The state is also developing teams of social workers and medical professionals to work with officers to provide services to the thousands of homeless people living on the streets and on trains.
Mr Adams said he believed the underlying “perception of crime” had prompted concerns among some metro riders.
Transit officials emphasized that serious crimes in the system are fewer than decades, and major felonies were at the lowest combined total in the 25 years through November. However, Bracership has also been significantly lower, and the rate of many crimes per million rackets has increased since 2019.
High-profile attacks throughout the pandemic against Asian New Yorkers, along with other episodes, such as assaults, prints and people’s actions on the tracks, have also generated a flurry of news reports about violence that transit officials say they are feeding on fears.
Three murders in 2019 were reported in the system; That number doubled to six in 2020. As of November, six murders were also reported in 2021.
Michael Gold Contribute to the preparation of reports.