The woman suspected of pushing a passenger into an oncoming train has been arrested several times for attacks on female travelers, it has emerged.
Anthonia Egegbara, who has been charged with attempted murder for the latest assault, has seven previous arrests on her rap sheet — including three attacks on women in the public transport system.
NYPD told CBS New York that the three previous victims — aged 18, 40 and 57 — were either kicked or bitten by the suspect between 2011 and now. The latest victim, New Jersey resident Lenny Javier, suffered a broken arm as well as injuries to her face and leg.
"My face is swollen, I have a broken nose, a fractured chin," Javier told the broadcaster. "I never thought it would happen to me."
Javier is expected to recover, but said she will need surgery on her arm.
In response to the latest transit attack, which has seen a spike in recent weeks, Passengers United president Charlton D'souz called on Governor Kathy Hochul "to give us 100 to 200 state troopers and to bring down about 100 National Guardsmen."
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would welcome more MTA officers — but stopped short of asking for the National Guard.
"I would caution against other forces coming in, because the environment here is very different than what state police or National Guard are trained for," he said.
original story 10/5/2021 11:35 AM
A woman who shoved a waiting passenger into an oncoming train has been charged with attempted murder.
On Monday, NYPD released a sickening video showing the oblivious female victim waiting for the approaching 8 AM train at the Times Square subway station — when a woman jumps up from behind and pushes her into its path.
Fortunately, the victim impacted the side of the train, and avoided falling in front of it by milliseconds; nevertheless, investigators have classed the assault as an attempt on her life: