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Mon Feb 15, 2021, 07:37 AM Feb 2021

NYC seeing terrifying string of straphangers shoved onto subway tracks [View all]

Despite big decrease in riders during COVID pandemic, NYC seeing terrifying string of straphangers shoved onto subway tracks

It’s a common New York fear.

You’re standing on a subway platform, minding your own business, when you’re suddenly shoved to the tracks below — right in front of a 400-ton train that won’t be able to stop in time.

It doesn’t happen often — but at least six straphangers have been victimized by random attacks in the past two months, including Washington Heights resident Rafael Wilson.

Wilson, 26, was waiting for an uptown A train at the Fulton Center in lower Manhattan on Feb. 2, listening to music on his headphones, when out of nowhere a man sneaked up from behind and shoved him in the back.

Wilson was pushed so hard that he landed just a few feet away from the third rail, which powers subway trains with 600 lethal volts of direct current electricity.

Police are familiar with the attacker — Calvin Wilson, 38, of no relation to the victim. He has a history of mental illness and a rap sheet that includes a Dec. 2 arrest for threatening a transit worker with a metal pipe, police said.

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NYC has no appeal to me Rorey Feb 2021 #1
There's nothing there worth the $40 for a ride in and back Klaralven Feb 2021 #8
I've been there many times--typically for professional conferences. If you have $$$ it can be great hlthe2b Feb 2021 #9
It's the crowds, among other things Rorey Feb 2021 #14
I lived in the northeast over 30 years ago, and spent a lot of time in NYC shrike3 Feb 2021 #21
Frank disagrees 😉 Dem4Life1102 Feb 2021 #10
That's too bad PJMcK Feb 2021 #25
I agree kcr Feb 2021 #28
I love NYC! Lived there moonscape Feb 2021 #30
I love where I live, but many don't share my opinion Rorey Feb 2021 #31
One more reason North Shore Chicago Feb 2021 #2
AMEN! Earbuds and staring at that GD phone screen make me crazy. Pay attention to the world! CurtEastPoint Feb 2021 #3
Exactly... One can become a victim anywhere. I only wear "NON-noise cancelling" earbuds hlthe2b Feb 2021 #4
This! LisaM Feb 2021 #11
Absolutely Rorey Feb 2021 #15
Why I would never wear earbuds while going about my business. And why I rarely look at my phone when shrike3 Feb 2021 #22
Given they are shoved WHILE WAITING for the train, why are they calling them "straphangers?" hlthe2b Feb 2021 #5
Straphangers is a common term for bus or subway riders. LisaM Feb 2021 #12
As I said, I am well aware of the use of the term for those who stand on the subway. They were hlthe2b Feb 2021 #13
It annoyed me too soothsayer Feb 2021 #19
I've only ever seen it used by newspaper writers kcr Feb 2021 #27
The New York Daily News cleaves to mid-20th century tabloid nomenclature. musette_sf Feb 2021 #29
History of mental illness? Huh. WhiskeyGrinder Feb 2021 #6
I haven't taken the subway in a while here in Boston, but that has always scared me here as smirkymonkey Feb 2021 #7
Agreed! ProfessorGAC Feb 2021 #16
Only people with less than half a brain stand on the edge of a subway platform Jersey Devil Feb 2021 #17
Why is he on the streets? judesedit Feb 2021 #18
Situational Awareness isn't just for spy movies. displacedtexan Feb 2021 #20
Terrifying. Makes sense that mental illness is behind it most of the time, Hortensis Feb 2021 #23
Reminds me of the "Mad Bomber" in the 50s. kskiska Feb 2021 #24
If I'm on a subway/metro platform in any city anywhere in the world.... marmar Feb 2021 #26
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