A homeless man, identified as Samuel Junker, was arrested on Thursday afternoon for allegedly shoving a woman onto the subway tracks in Downtown Manhattan. The incident occurred across the street from City Hall. The New York Police Department (NYPD) reported that Junker, 41, was apprehended in TriBeCa on Broadway near Lispenard St. at around 2 p.m. He has been charged with the unprovoked attack, which resulted in the victim sustaining a broken leg.
According to the NYPD, surveillance footage from the subway turnstile at the station for the 1, 2, and 3 train lines helped identify Junker. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a ripped and dirty red shirt, jeans, and sneakers without laces. The victim had just entered the station and descended the stairs when Junker allegedly pushed her onto the railbed without warning. Fortunately, there was no train approaching, and with the assistance of other commuters, the victim managed to return to the platform.
This incident bears similarities to the tragic killing of Michelle Alyssa Go, who was allegedly pushed in front of a subway train in Times Square by another homeless man with mental health issues. In response to these incidents, authorities have pledged to increase police presence in the subway system and address the issue of homelessness within the stations.