NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) The NYPD has arrested the woman who was seen on video pushing a subway rider into an oncoming train Monday in Times Square.
Police said Anthonia Egegbara, 29, of Far Rockaway was charged Tuesday with attempted murder.
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Police said they found her inside the same station on Tuesday, where she a day earlier allegedly pushed a 42-year-old woman when an Uptown 3 train pulled in, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
According to the NYPD, Egegbara has a rap park with at least seven other arrests. Investigators said the last three were in the transit system and involved women who were allegedly kicked or bitten by her between 2011 and now, CBS2’s Cory James reported.
She said nothing when she was handcuffed to a police car. She was expected to appear before a judge on Wednesday.
CBS2’s John Dias spoke exclusively to the victim hours before the arrest.
“My face is swollen, I have a broken nose, a broken chin,” New Jersey resident Lenny Javier told Dias.
The unprovoked attack happened during Monday morning’s intoxication.
“I never thought it would happen to me,” Javier said.
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Surveillance video shows the suspect standing up from a bench and suddenly pushing Javier so hard that she lost a shoe when she fell down on the platform.
“Someone has to take responsibility for this, because it can’t happen,” Javier said.
Overall crime has generally fallen just over 15% compared to last year, but there has been an increase recently. In the last 28 days, it has risen a little more than 43%. Week to date, it rose close to 122%.
Earlier today, 29-year-old Anthonia Egegbara was apprehended by Transit officers and is charged with attempted murder for yesterday’s pushing incident at the Times Square subway station. pic.twitter.com/oS18OZJ1MA
– NYPD Transit (@NYPDTransit) October 5, 2021
The recent attack renewed calls for more security underground.
“I urge Governor Kathy Hochul to give us 100 to 200 state troops and bring down about 100 national guardsmen,” passenger United President Charlton D’souz said Monday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would welcome more MTA officers, but warned against using the National Guard.
“I would warn against other forces coming in because the environment here is very different from what state police or National Guard is trained for,” he said.
As for Javier, she said she needs surgery on her arm, but she is expected to recover completely.
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CBS2’s Cory James and Dave Carlin contributed to this report.