The deranged homeless man accused of shoving an innocent straphanger onto Manhattan subway tracks as a prepare pulled into the station was ordered held with out bail at his arraignment Friday.
Aditya Vemulapati, 24, was arraigned on prices of tried homicide within the second-degree, tried assault within the first-degree, assault within the second-degree and first-degree reckless endangerment throughout the digital Manhattan Legal Courtroom listening to.
Authorities say surveillance video captured Vemulapati assault the unsuspecting 40-year-old girl whereas she waited for a prepare at 14th Road-Union Sq. station at eight:30 a.m. Thursday.
Vemulapati, who was seen pacing the platform, allegedly ran up behind the girl and pushed her onto the tracks simply as a No. 5 prepare entered the station.
Miraculously, the sufferer was not significantly injured since she landed between the row mattress and the rails.
Vemulapati was arrested on the scene.
“This case is a robust case. The defendant tried to kill a stranger on a subway platform yesterday morning,” a prosecutor advised Choose Keisha Espinal throughout the arraignment. “The one motive she is alive is as a result of she landed between the tracks and the prepare was capable of go over her.”
The prosecutor famous that there have been “a number of eyewitnesses,” in addition to “video proof” and that Vemulapati “admitted to pushing her in entrance of the prepare.”
Vemulapati, who has solely been in New York for the previous few months, has no prior arrests with the NYPD, however has a historical past of arrests in Illinois, Missouri and Florida, which embrace violations of orders of protections and failures to seem in court docket, in keeping with prosecutors.
He nonetheless has an open housebreaking case in Florida, prosecutors mentioned.
The choose mentioned Vemulapati poses a “danger of flight” and ordered him remanded.
Forward of the arraignment simply earlier than 5 p.m., Vemulapati nearly appeared earlier than Espinal earlier within the day, however at the moment he didn’t consent to the digital look.
Vemulapati’s alleged sufferer, Liliana Sagbaicela, was at dwelling recovering Friday after the traumatic incident.
“I noticed within the video, the person — oh my, God, I can’t imagine it,” Sagbaicela, a married mother of two daughters, told 1010 WINS Friday. “Is that this taking place? Now I perceive why all people and the police say to me, ‘You might be alive for the miracles. You’re a miracle.”
The sufferer suffered a gash to her head that required a number of stitches.