Subway attacker charged for attempted murder for push into tracks

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Last Friday, a man was shoved into the tracks of an oncoming New York City subway train next to an eight-year-old child. The man was pulled off the tracks in time and survived, but today, police arrested Lamale McRae, 42, of Brooklyn for the attack.

The child was knocked to the ground as McCrae fled the scene.

According to a Queens District Attorney’s Office report today, the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, including a broken collar bone, a sprained shoulder, multiple lacerations and abrasions and significant pain to his face, shoulder, arms and back. The child suffered knee abrasions.

McRae is facing an attempted murder charge. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison for the attack that happened at the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue subway station in Queens.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz touted the arrest.

“As alleged, this defendant suddenly tackled a subway rider onto the train tracks and pushed aside a young boy as he fled. This defendant is now charged with attempted murder and other charges for this shocking incident,” Katz said. “Every New Yorker deserves to know they can safely travel to work, to school and around this City with safety. We will not give up this sense of security in Queens. We will not surrender our streets to fear.”

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