Alleged Bryant Park subway shover busted in prior transit assault

The suspected panhandler nabbed for allegedly shoving a man onto Manhattan train tracks when he refused at hand over cash was busted earlier this 12 months for a brutal, unprovoked assault on the subway, police mentioned Friday.

Justin Pena, 23, was busted Thursday afternoon and charged with tried homicide in connection to the 6:50 p.m. Wednesday assault because the 36-year-old sufferer waited for the B or D prepare on the 42nd Avenue-Bryant Park station, cops mentioned.

Pena allegedly punched the person a number of instances and pushed him onto the tracks.

The sufferer was capable of pull himself to security and was handled at Bellevue Hospital for minor accidents to his knee and palms, cops mentioned.

However the incident wasn’t Pena’s first act of violence on the rails, cops confirmed. Again on Jan. 16, he allegedly punched a 62-year-old man within the face in an unprovoked assault on an F prepare at 23rd Avenue, authorities mentioned.

Surprising video obtained by ABC 7 on the time reveals the sufferer standing on the prepare, together with his again turned to his assailant, when Pena abruptly cold-cocked him.

“Oh my God!” a fellow straphanger may very well be heard yelling as passengers rushed to subdue the attacker.

The sufferer wanted two staples for a wound behind his head, his face was coated in cuts and bruises, his eye was bruised, his lip swollen and his neck was in a brace, in keeping with the report.

The retired postal employee, who spoke Cantonese, informed the station there was a whole lot of blood and he doesn’t bear in mind a lot of what occurred. Pena was charged with assault in connection to the assault, cops mentioned.

Pena was additionally beforehand charged with punching a Correction officer within the face on  Rikers Island on July 23, 2015, in keeping with police.

His arraignment in connection to the newest assault was pending Friday.