A 22-year-old Brooklyn woman who was pushed onto the tracks of a New York City subway station said her amazing escape from the situation was partly owing to singer Gwen Stefani.
In an exclusive interview with FOX 5 New York, the woman, who didn’t want to be named, recounted how she was punched by a random man upon exiting a train at the Crown Heights station on Sept. 19. Moments later, she says, he pushed her onto the tracks.
Lying stunned in the darkness below the platform and splayed out on the rails, the victim said she found the strength to pull herself up. Having been near the stage at many Gwen Stefani concerts, she remembered pulling herself onto the stage. A recent show in Las Vegas featured a stage that was a height similar to that of the subway platform.
“It’s because Gwen’s called me on stage so many times,” said the super-fan. “That’s why my body knew what to do.”
“You never think you’re gonna be in a moment when you’re like, I need to live. That’s all I could think about,” said the shell-shocked woman.
“Being in the tracks, that’s what gives me nightmares,” she said. “That was the most scary thing of my life.”
After pulling herself up, she managed to sprint out of the station.
“I looked like a monster. Like my face was all swollen, I didn’t even know I had a black eye til I looked in the mirror,” she said.
Police say the suspect got away, having stolen the victim’s phone, and is still at large despite an ongoing investigation.
The experience has left an indelible mark on the Brooklyn resident.
“I just think everybody that looks at me is gonna hurt me,” she said. “That’s what’s changed about me, I don’t trust anyone anymore. I think everyone’s going to hurt me now.”
Unelected Governor Kathy Hochul, with the midterms just a few weeks away, bolstered the number of police in the subways. She must hope all the crazy people who are triggered by cops won’t complain to the media about the increased presence of law enforcement, at least until after the Nov 8 elections.
“My number one priority as governor is keeping New Yorkers safe in the streets, in their homes, in their schools, and on the subway, and we will do whatever it takes to make our subways safer for riders,” Hochul said on Saturday, in a marked and sudden reversal of her consistent anti-police stance.
David Martin, another victim of this trendy, unthinkable crime, also lived to tell the tale.
“In the blink of an eye, I was pushed full-force into the train tracks.”
“People were told that I had no injuries,” said the waiter of a restaurant in Manhattan, whose attacker hasn’t been caught, “but I am laying in bed with a broken collarbone, and my face is so swollen. And mentally, I don’t even know how to get through this.”
“I’m from New York and love New York and always felt safe taking the train,” he continued. “And now I’m 32 years old and no longer feel safe, and that’s not fair and that’s not okay.”
Audrey Martin, the victim’s mother, told Fox 5 NY, “My son is completely traumatized. He can’t move, he can’t cash his check. He can’t work.”
Of Hochul’s suddenly-tough posturing, the mother said, “Everyone wants to grandstand. Hochul says she has 50 beds for the homeless. Fifty beds for the people who are mentally ill. Fifty? Are you serious?”
She also said, “I think they are scapegoating the police… We have a city that is under crisis.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Adams can be heard in the above video making his speech about how he hopes to get New Yorkers past the “perception” that they “are feeling” about the lack of safety in the subways. At this hour, the mayor is no doubt safe and flanked by security.
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