In an interview with the Post, José Rojas (a.k.a. "Osama bin Laden") claimed he had absolutely no clue why he pushed fashion merchandise creative director Ute Linhart into an oncoming R train on Wednesday night. In fact, he only learned of the details when the Post called him. "I don't remember; I just remember waking up in the hospital. I don't know how I got there," he said. "Oh my God, my life is over! Please understand what I'm trying to tell you. All I remember is waking up in the hospital handcuffed."
Rojas pleaded not guilty to attempted murder for shoving Linhart in front of the train, the impact of which left her with multiple broken bones and a punctured lung. Linhart says Rojas had made a "menacing gun-like gesture" at her and other straphangers before pushing her, but she was thrown back onto the platform. Rojas is a cook at Cipriani Downtown, and one manager said of the charges, "We're really quite shocked. He's a nice guy. Always very quiet." But his actions show that attacks like this can really come from anyone. One straphanger said, "There’s no going around stopping or preventing an assault like that from happening because it’s just inevitable."