A woman who was brutally kicked down an escalator in a Brooklyn subway station on Thursday has spoken out about her ordeal and said she is covered in cuts like she was ‘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 assaulted by the stranger at 7:15pm in the Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center station.
‘I was coming home from school. I didn’t run into this man. I did not have any prior engagement with him,’ she said.
The victim said she simply told the man who barged aggressively past her to say ‘excuse me’.
Upon 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 to the bottom.’
Surveillance cameras captured the chilling moment the victim fell backwards to the bottom of the escalator as the suspect continued up the escalator and out of the station.
Police say 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 sharp,’ the victim said.
‘All over my body. I’m covered [in cuts] like I was clawed by a tiger.’
The NYPD is searching for a man (pictured) acussed of kicking a woman in the chest on a subway station escalator on Thursday night, causing her to fall several feet
New York City police say the 32-year-old woman was attacked after she confronted a man for shoving past her on the escalator at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center Station at 7.15pm
The woman told her attacker to ‘say excuse me.’ He reportedly responded ‘I did’ and kicked her in the chest
The victim fell backwards to the bottom of the escalator as the suspect continued up the escalator and out of the station
The NYPD released photos of the suspect on Sunday night and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
The attack comes as crime continues to surge in New York City.
For example, just last Friday police arrested a 37-year-old man in connection to a string of Manhattan groping attacks. The victim’s ages ranged from 11 to 31.
The attacks involved a man on a scooter who casually rode up to his victims on his bike before groping their breasts and speeding away.
The suspect has been connected to at least six of nine reported groping incidents.
The alleged groper’s arrest followed a violent Labor Day Weekend in New York City where nine people were shot.
They included a 21-year-old immigrant cab driver who was caught in the crossfire of a shootout in Harlem in the early hours of Sunday morning and died three days later.
The groping attacks involved a man on a scooter who casually rode up to his victims on his bike before groping their breasts and speeding away. The groping victims have ranged in age from 11 to 31
A 21-year-old immigrant cab driver was caught in the crossfire of a shootout in Harlem in the early hours of Sept. 5 and died three days later
NYPD investigate a multiple shooting in the Bronx over Labor Day weekend that left one dead and another in stable condition in the hospital
In an unrelated incident, two men were brutally attacked with a glass bottle and a screwdriver while being called homophobic slurs at a Brooklyn bodega early morning on September 4.
The two male victims, aged 36 and 28, were trying to buy food at a store at 1559 Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn at 2.10am, according to the NYPD.
They were approached by two unknown men who engaged them in a verbal dispute 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 cash and running away on foot.
The suspects above allegedly attacked two men with a screwdriver and a glass bottle, hurled a homophobic slur at one of them, and stole cash and an iPhone before fleeing the scene
The incident happened Sept. 4 at 2.10am at a store at 1559 Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn
According to data released by NYPD, overall crime in the city dropped by 5.4 percent in August and 0.92 percent in the week leading to September 5, as compared to the same period last year.
Felony assaults and shooting incidents dropped in August by 3.7 percent and a whopping 30.7 percent, respectively. Through September 5, the same crimes rose by 5.5 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively.
However, sex attacks are up 26.2 percent this year, with 3,278 incidents reported in the year to September 5, compared with 2,597 in the same period last year.
Rape was up by 8.5 percent in August and 4.5 percent through September 5.
Crime in the Big Apple has decreased overall in August as compared to the same month last year, according to NYPD statistics
However, certain crimes rose through September 5, including rape, felony assaults and shooting incidents
Meanwhile, New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea has called for reform amid the crime surge, arguing that the ‘soft on criminals experiment’ has been a disaster.
‘This city is built on public safety,’ Commissioner Shea said during an August interview with Spectrum News.
‘We’re probably about two years into this soft-on-criminals ‘experiment’ if you will, ‘let’s empty out the jails, and show me a New Yorker that at this point and time thinks this experiment has worked. It’s been a disaster.’
Shea said he hopes New York’s new governor, Kathy Hochul, will make necessary changes to increase safety across the city.
‘Common sense is what we need. Reforms are good, but let’s do reforms that are calibrated 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.’