Police: Subway passenger hit in random ‘KO’ attack falls on tracks
NEW YORK – Police investigate another subway attack, just as city leaders announce new plans to tackle transit crime.
The latest incident occurred around 9:45 p.m. Sunday on the platform of the southbound 4 train at East 149th and Grand Concourse in Mott Haven, Bronx.
Police say a 62-year-old man was hit randomly in what appears to be part of the “knockout game” and fell onto the rails.
Officers managed to get the victim to safety and arrest his attacker.
As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported, there were nearly a dozen violent incidents on the subway in the past week alone.
Among the victims,on Wyckoff and Myrtle Avenues in Brooklyn.
“My collarbone is broken and everything around it is sprained, so I can barely move my left side,” Martin told CBS2.
Year-to-date, NYPD statistics show crime across the city is up more than 30 percent from a year ago.
Over the weekend, Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams announced aThis includes increasing the presence of agents on platforms and trains, adding 1,200 daily overtime hours.
“It will dramatically increase police presence on our trains, deter crime and disorder,” Adams said. “This uniform means a lot.”
The police commissioner said announcements will be made by subway drivers to let commuters know when officers are present.
“The announcements are made to let passengers know that our officers are there and can offer to help,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said.
The plan also includes adding cameras to individual cars. The third component, “Care”, consists of adding dedicated units in psychiatric centers for people with serious mental illnesses in order to obtain the help they need.
First responders will also receive special training to engage with homeless people.
“I won’t rest, and the governor won’t rest, and our team won’t rest until the system is a safe place for everyone who uses it,” Adams added.
The mayor toowith more than 40 people from all walks of the criminal justice system, to brainstorm alternatives.
After the summit, stakeholders divide into sub-committees to submit more detailed plans to the mayor by the end of the year.