A woman who was brutally kicked off an escalator in a Brooklyn subway on Thursday has spoken out about her ordeal, saying she was covered in cuts as if she had been “clawed by a tiger.”
The 32-year-old mother and fashion design student, speaking on condition of anonymity, said she is covered in claw marks from tumbling down the metal stairs after being attacked by the stranger at 7:15 p.m. at Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center station .
‘I came home from school. I did not meet this man. I had no previous engagement to him,’ she said.
The victim said she simply said “excuse me” to the man who aggressively stormed past her.
Hearing this, the man turned around: “And boom, he automatically kicked me in the chest,” she said.
“Oh my god, it was from the top of the escalator at Barclays Center all the way down.”
Surveillance cameras captured the horrifying moment the victim fell backwards to the bottom of the escalator as the suspect ascended the escalator and exited the station.
According to police, the woman suffered cuts and bruises to her back, arms, legs, right knee and right thigh and trauma to her left ankle, noting that she refused medical attention at the scene.
“This was more than stairs. Escalators are spiky and moving. They’re bigger and sharper,” the victim said.
‘All over my body. i’m covered [in cuts] like being clawed by a tiger.’
The NYPD is looking for a man (pictured) accused of kicking a woman in the chest on a subway station escalator Thursday night, causing her to fall several meters.
New York City police say the 32-year-old woman was assaulted after confronting a man who pushed her up the escalator at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center Station at 7:15 p.m.
The woman told her attacker that she “excuse me.” He reportedly replied ‘I did’ and kicked her in the chest
The victim fell backwards to the bottom of the escalator as the suspect ascended the escalator and exited the station
The NYPD released photos of the suspect Sunday night and is asking the public for help identifying him.
Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is requested to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
The attack comes as crime continues to rise in New York City.
Last Friday, police arrested a 37-year-old man in connection with a series of attacks on Manhattan. The age of the victim ranged from 11 to 31 years.
The attacks involved a man on a scooter who casually rode his bicycle to his victims before groping their breasts and driving away.
The suspect has been linked to at least six of the nine reported tactile incidents.
The arrest of the alleged trooper followed a violent Labor Day Weekend in New York City, where nine people were shot and killed.
Among them was a 21-year-old immigrant cab driver who was caught Sunday morning in the early hours of a gunfight in Harlem and died three days later.
The groping attacks involved a man on a scooter who casually rode his bicycle to his victims before groping their breasts and driving away. The groping victims ranged in age from 11 to 31
A 21-year-old immigrant taxi driver was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight in Harlem in the early hours of September 5, and died three days later
NYPD investigates multiple shooting in the Bronx over Labor Day weekend that left one dead and another in stable condition in hospital
In an unrelated incident, two men were brutally assaulted with a glass bottle and screwdriver while being called out at a Brooklyn bodega early morning on September 4 as homophobic slander.
The two male victims, aged 36 and 28, tried to buy food at 2:10 a.m. at a store at 1559 Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn, according to the NYPD.
They were approached by two unknown men who engaged them in a verbal altercation and made “anti-gay statements,” according to police.
The men attacked the victims with a glass bottle and a screwdriver before stealing an iPhone and money and running away on foot.
The suspects above allegedly assaulted two men with a screwdriver and a glass bottle, threw a homophobic slur at one of them, and stole money and an iPhone before fleeing the crime scene.
The incident happened at 2:10 a.m. on Sept. 4 at a store at 1559 Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn
According to data from the NYPD, total crime in the city fell 5.4 percent in August and 0.92 percent in the week before September 5, compared to the same period last year.
The number of crimes and shooting incidents fell in August by 3.7 percent and no less than 30.7 percent, respectively. Through September 5, the same crimes increased by 5.5 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively.
However, the number of sexual assaults is up 26.2 percent this year, with 3,278 reported incidents in the year to September 5, compared to 2,597 in the same period last year.
The number of rapes rose by 8.5 percent in August and 4.5 percent through September 5.
According to NYPD statistics, crime in the Big Apple decreased overall in August compared to the same month last year
However, certain crimes increased through September 5, including rape, misdemeanors and shooting incidents
Meanwhile, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has called for reform amid the crime wave, arguing that the “soft on crimes experiment” has been a disaster.
“This city is built on public safety,” Commissioner Shea said in an August interview with Spectrum News.
“We’re probably about two years into this ‘soft-on-criminals’ experiment, if you will, ‘let’s clear out the jails and show me a New Yorker who currently thinks this experiment has worked. It’s been a disaster.’
Shea said he hopes New York’s new governor Kathy Hochul will make the necessary changes to increase security in the city.
“Common sense is what we need. Reforms are good, but let’s make reforms that are aligned in such a way with the input of law enforcement,” he argued.
“It’s time to fix these laws and get back to where we all need to be.”