Bragg indicts man in subway shoving incident

 September 20, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced the indictment of the man alleged for shoving a woman onto New York City's subway tracks.

Samuel Junker, 41, was indicted on one count of attempted assault in the first degree and the second degree.

Bragg's words

“Samuel Junker now stands indicted for seriously injuring a woman who he allegedly trailed to a subway platform and pushed onto the tracks,” said District Attorney Bragg.

“These types of attacks can be terrifying to experience, but we want New Yorkers to know that we will seek accountability for anyone who commits acts of violence in our subway system. I wish the victim a speedy recovery," he added.

The incident

"The mother-of-one, who was heading home after finishing work at a nearby foot massage salon around 11 p.m., recalled being about three feet from the edge of the 1/2/3 platform at the Chambers Street station when she suddenly felt a “great force," the New York Post reported.

“This was really terrible because I didn’t have any warning at the time,” Xu said Wednesday from her Sunset Park, Brooklyn apartment — where she was laid up with a broken leg. He suddenly pushed me down with all his strength from behind,” she recalled.

The attack

"The incident happened on Tuesday night at the Chambers Street Station," Fox 5 NY reported.

"Fortunately, the victim did not make contact with the third rail and other subway riders were able to pull her to safety," it continued.

Junker was caught on video in the shoving incident. He was later apprehended by police and put in jail with a $250,000 bond amount.

Subway shoving is one of a number of growing safety issues recently occurring in New York City. In addition to concerns on the city's subways, crime on the city's streets and shoplifting concerns have also been problems for Mayor Eric Adams.

The city will at least have one less concern as Junker is currently behind bars awaiting his trial.

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