NYC crime: 63-year-old girl speaks out after being pushed onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn

BROADWAY JUNCTION, Brooklyn (WABC) – A woman who was bumped on the tracks in a Brooklyn subway station talks about the terrifying experience.

“I was scared,” said victim Maria Brown. “I was shocked, I screamed.”

Brown told Eyewitness News that she wondered what would have happened if she was alone and no one could help.

“I would have been dead today, yes,” she said.

The 63-year-old was riding the J-train on Broadway Junction to visit her niece last Tuesday afternoon when a man suddenly put his hands on her shoulders and pushed her onto the tracks.

In an instant she could see the lights of the oncoming train – a few stations away.

When asked if she tried to climb up, she said she did, “but I couldn’t”.

“I was in shock, I screamed,” said Brown.

She says two drivers grabbed her arms and pulled her back onto the platform.

Brown says the suspect didn’t tell her anything.

“He just pushed me and that was it,” she said.

Brown says her attacker was arrested minutes later, but it’s the kind of arbitrary, pointless violence that plagued the New York City subway system.

Two other drivers survived similar attacks just last week.

Most of the suspects are homeless and emotionally disturbed. Some of them have a long and more recent criminal history.

“How is this guy out on the street again?” Asked local resident Tommy Holliday. “He could have killed that lady yesterday.”

The NYPD has added hundreds of officers to patrol the system, and the MTA has streamlined its network of surveillance cameras that now cover 70% of the system.

“We believe that in order to get New York City up and running again, we need to put in place a system that makes the people who use it feel safe and secure,” said Patrick Warren, MTA’s chief safety officer.

However, Brown says it will be longer before she gets back to the subway. The wound on her leg took forty stitches to close.

She says she wants to know why he did this.

“That’s what I want to know why,” said Brown. “I just took care of my business and walked. Now I’m afraid I don’t drive trains anymore.”

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