NYC subway shove sufferer remembers horror of assault on tracks


A Bronx lady shoved onto elevated subway tracks by a stranger on Tuesday stated she was fully blindsided by the assault, which left her bruised and “very scared.”

“She didn’t say something,” Rosa Galeas, 54, informed The Publish of her attacker. “She simply pushed me.”

“I began to panic once I appeared up and noticed the subsequent practice was coming,” a still-shaken Galeas stated in Spanish. “I grew to become determined to get out. I began screaming, ‘assist me, assist me.’”

“The man subsequent to me, I don’t know if he was in shock, however he took me out,” she stated.

Galeas, who works as a home cleaner, was on her strategy to a job and had simply gotten off a No. 2 practice on the elevated station at 174th Avenue and Southern Boulevard shortly earlier than eight a.m.

Rosa Galeas's right hand was injured after she was pushed onto the subway tracks.
Rosa Galeas’s proper hand was injured after she was pushed onto the subway tracks.
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That’s when her assailant — a girl carrying shiny yellow pants and a brief jacket — unexpectedly got here up behind her.

She stated the lady pushed her as soon as, however she saved her steadiness.

A second shove, nevertheless, despatched her onto the tracks.

“I at all times have that worry that somebody can damage me so I don’t stroll close to the practice,” Galeas stated. “I at all times stroll away, however this individual was a younger lady and, I don’t know, she pushed me with such power. The second time, I fell.”

The 174th Street subway stop near Southern Boulevard in the Bronx.
The 174th Avenue subway cease close to Southern Boulevard within the Bronx.
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“I by no means even had the intention to take a look at her face,” she stated. “She had no intention of getting on the practice. She simply needed to harm somebody.”

Galeas stated her foot received caught momentarily in a crack within the trackbed after she hit the tracks — and noticed the subsequent practice coming down the tracks.

She is grateful that the great Samaritan was capable of pull her to security.

“She left shortly,” she stated of her attacker. “On the video, you possibly can see she left shortly. She went down the steps.”

Galeas was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, the place she was handled and launched.

“I’ve ache throughout my physique,” she stated. “I’m scared.”

“I’m going to wish to take time to recuperate,” she added. “I’ve a number of bumps.

Galeas is now taking day off from work following her ordeal and hopes officers will take into account beefing up safety at transit stations.   

“We want extra safety, extra police,” she stated.

Rosa Galeas was pushed onto the subway tracks at the 174th Street subway station.
The unidentified feminine suspect seen at avenue stage within the neighborhood of the 174th Station shortly after the incident.
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