An Indian origin homeless man in New York has been arrested following his alleged grave act of pushing a woman in front of the train just as it entered the subway station.
The 24 year old was booked after committing the crime on suspicion of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, first degree attempted assault, and second degree assault. The complaint was lodged by the Manhattan prosecutors.
Aditya Vemulapati is said to be an Indian origin man, suffering from some mental illness, according to the police.
The accused is being held under custody till his judgment date of December 4th, as ordered by a judge.
In the surveillance footage of the subway station, Vemulapati can be seen shoving Liliana Llanos into the incoming train’s tracks. Fortunately, the victim managed to sustain only minor injuries, getting a narrow escape from the high speed train approaching the station as she fell between two train tracks. The incident occurred early in the morning of Thursday when the station was filled with passengers waiting to board their trains.
The police said that the accused was immediately arrested at the crime site itself.
The police report says the victim was listening to Bible passages through her headphones at the time of the grievous act. According to witnesses present at the station, Vemulapati approached Llanos while she was waiting for her train. The accused seemed to have been talking to himself, hinting at his unstable mental condition.
The video points to the timed execution of the crime by Vemulapati as he pushed the woman exactly when the train entered the station. The report added that he did not utter a word to the victim prior to shoving her.
“It’s very disturbing. We see him waiting, calculating for the train to approach the station and at the opportune moment he pushed the victim onto the tracks,” Kathleen O’Reilly, NYPD Chief of Transit Capt., said, while adding, “She fell fortunately for her between the roll bed and rails, and by the grace of God sustained only minor injuries.”
Post pushing Llanos and watching the cops approach him, Vemulapati laid down on the platform of the subway station which made the police suspect his emotional status.
The victim made it home to Sunset Park apartment the same day after admitting her to a hospital for the small cuts and injuries she suffered on her head and body. Her husband was ecstatic to see his wife well as he said that she “got a new life today” after managing to live despite the horrendous incident.
According to the NBC report, the incident and arrest marked as a second of its kind on Thursday as another man had been arrested on that day. Justin Pena, the accused had pushed a UPS worker on the tracks after he refused to give him money.
The crime, done for the purpose of money, was executed on the 42nd Street-Bryant Park Station on the night of Wednesday and whose arrest was followed the next day.
The growing incidents at subway stations gathered the attention of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s President, Sarah Feinberg, who said that the prevailing mental health issues of people in the city are brought in the platforms that lead to such occurrences.
Mr. Sarah urged “this (existing) mayor or the next” to address the problem seriously as the “city is in a mental health crisis” and residents there are in dire need of help to receive mental health care.