NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD arrested the woman seen on video push a subway driver into an oncoming train Monday in Times Square.
Police said Anthonia Egegbara, 29, was charged with attempted murder on Tuesday.
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John Dias of CBS2 spoke exclusively with the victim hours before the arrest.
“My face is swollen, I have a broken nose, a broken chin,” Lenny Javier, 42, of New Jersey, told Dias.
The unprovoked attack took place during the morning rush hour on the upper city platform for the 1, 2 and 3 trains.
“I never thought it would happen to me,” said Javier.
Surveillance video shows the suspect getting up from a couch and suddenly pushing Javier so hard that she lost like a shoe when she fell on the platform.
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“Someone has to take responsibility for this because it can’t happen,” said Javier.
Transit crime overall has fallen by just over 15% compared to last year, but has peaked recently. In the past 28 days, it is up just over 43%. Week so far, it rose nearly 122%.
The recent attack renewed calls for greater security underground.
“I call on Governor Kathy Hochul to give us 100 to 200 state troopers and take down about 100 National Guardsmen,” Charlton Dsouz, president of Passengers United, said Monday.
Major Bill de Blasio said he would welcome more MTA officers but warned against using the National Guard.
“I would warn against the entry of other troops because the environment here is very different from what the state police or the National Guard are trained for,” he said.
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As for Javier, she said she will need surgery on her arm but is expected to make a full recovery.