Oct. 24, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
Police are searching for a man who shoved a straphanger onto the tracks at a subway station located on the Queens/Brooklyn boundary Friday.
The disturbing push was captured on video and took place at around 2:40 p.m. at the Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues station subway station — which is located on the boundary line separating Ridgewood and Bushwick. The victim was not struck by a train.
The video, released by police Saturday, shows the pusher standing on one side of the northbound L train platform with his hands folded and his back to the tracks.
He then appears to spot his victim — 32-year-old David Martin from Manhattan — walking along the opposite side of the platform near another set of tracks.
The suspect then drops his backpack and charges across the platform at Martin before shoving him onto the tracks, the footage shows.
The assailant then dashes back to the other side of the platform, picks up his bag, and flees the station. He can be seen wearing a navy jacket, navy pants, a yellow hoody and a baseball cap.
Martin, who never saw the suspect approach him, suffered a broken collarbone and extensive bruising, according to reports. Police say the attack was unprovoked.
The victim’s mother, Audrey Martin, said her son left traumatized to the point of being suicidal, according to the New York Post.
“He wants to kill himself, I had to take a knife away from him this morning,” Martin said.
She said her son was on his way to his job as a waiter when the attack occurred but is now afraid to go out in public.
“I can’t get him out of the house,” Martin said. “He can’t get into bed, he can’t get out of bed… he started smoking cigarettes again. It’s unbelievable. I don’t know what to do.”
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.