Early on Tuesday morning in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a 74-year-old man heading home from work was haphazardly tossed into the subway tracks by an apparent local homeless man who was muttering to himself, according to police.
A scruffy man with a filthy tee-shirt who may be experiencing mental health issues shoved the victim over the tracks while he was waiting for the 6 train, according to the victim, who works at a parking garage on Fifth Avenue.
The victim’s wounds first appeared to be minor, but later examinations by medics revealed multiple rib and pelvic injuries, as well as a fractured spine, according to the NYPD. Police stated that his neck and back ended up on the tracks.
The attack does not fit any pattern, however there have been other events involving a homeless man in the area that are being looked into.
“Compared to last year, there has been a 4.1% decrease in crime on the subway system. According to NYPD Transit Chief Michael Kemper, that 4 1/2 percent decrease corresponds to 70 fewer crime victims this year compared to previous year. “Thankfully, occurrences like these are uncommon. However, when they do, catching and arresting the perpetrators is our primary priority.
Police report that ten people have been shoved into subway tracks this year so far, which is less than half the 19 reported at this time last year.
Mayor Eric Adams issued a decree in November authorizing the involuntary detention of people who seem “to be mentally ill” and “a danger to themselves” in order to undergo psychiatric evaluations. It was a tactic to deal with homelessness and mental health problems.
Adams at the time stated, “Without that assistance, individuals stay lost and cut off from society, tortured by delusions and abnormal thinking. They frequently visit hospitals and jails, but New Yorkers have a right to expect our city to assist them, and we will.