Updated July 31, 11 a.m.: A man knocked a senior woman over on an L-train platform, then pushed her onto the tracks, seriously injuring her, according to reports.
According to police, a 68-year-old straphanger — who apparently had her phone out — was standing on the eastbound L platform at 14th St. and Sixth Ave. at 2:10 p.m. on Mon., July 27. A stranger approached and proceeded to push her, causing the victim to fall to the platform and roll onto the trackbed.
The attacker grabbed the victim’s cell phone from the platform, which she had dropped as she fell, then exited the station and fled.
However, the Daily News, which interviewed the victim’s daughter, painted a far more disturbing version of events. The daughter said her mother — a Serbian immigrant working as a housekeeper who was heading home to Queens — told her the man called her a “cracker.” She said she saw the man pass by her, then felt someone push her, and keep kicking and stomping her as she held onto a pole.
When the woman could no longer hold on, she let go and the man shoved her off the platform and she fell and hit her head on the tracks, the victim’s daughter said. Two samaritans pulled the victim up from the tracks.
E.M.S. responded and transported the woman to Bellevue Hospital in serious but stable condition. She was treated for five broken bones in her spine and a broken rib.
The attacker reportedly didn’t take the woman’s wallet, and police later found the phone nearby, making the victim’s family wonder about the man’s true motive.
The suspect is described as 40 to 50 years old and last seen wearing all-dark clothing.
Police released surveillance photos and video of the individual taken after the incident near the location.
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