Subway Push Suspect Anthonia Egegbara suffers from mental illness and needs help, family tells CBS2 – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) The woman police say pushed a subway rider into an oncoming train earlier this week in Times Square, a judge met Wednesday.

The victim is still recovering from her injuries, but the suspect’s family said she suffers from mental health issues and also needs help.

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Surveillance video showed the woman police identified as 29-year-old Anthonia Egegbara pushed Lenny Javier, 42, of New Jersey, into a train as it approached the station Monday. The impact was so strong that Javier’s shoes flew off.

Egegbara was arrested the next day and charged with attempted murder.

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“We all cried when we saw that video. The whole family is worried and upset about this, ”her mother, Dedria Gregg, told CBS2’s Nick Caloway. “I am so sorry for the woman who was pushed into the subway. I am so sorry.”

Egegbara’s family said she has long suffered from mental illness and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, among other disorders, adding that she has been hospitalized more than 50 times since she was a teenager.

They said she is sweet when she takes her medicine, but since she is an adult, they can not force her to take her prescription. As a result, they said, she slipped through the cracks, spent years in homeless shelters and got into trouble.

“She’s been mental for a while, and the whole family has struggled and struggled to get her help,” Gregg said. “It’s so hard to have someone in your family who suffers from a mental illness. Everyone’s going through it right now. The whole family is in despair. ”

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“My sister has been let down by the system that was supposed to help her,” Nancy Egegbara added.

Nancy Egegbara said her sister needs real treatment, something she cannot get in a prison cell.

“She really needs an institution, a place that can keep her safe and away from violence or violent behavior,” she said. “I do not condone. What she did was wrong, but what she did stem from her mental illness. ”

Egegbara’s family said she should have had a psychological evaluation before her court hearing on Wednesday, but for some reason her defender did not request one. The evaluation can still be requested at a later date.

Her bail was set at $ 100,000.

As for Javier, she suffered broken bones in her face.

“I never thought it would happen to me,” she told CBS2’s John Dias in an exclusive pre-arrest interview. “Someone has to take responsibility for this, because it can not happen.”

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CBS2’s Nick Caloway contributed to this report.


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