Police are asking for the public's help in finding the man who they believe pushed another man onto the train tracks in a Bronx subway station Wednesday morning.
Police say the man shoved the 43-year-old victim onto the tracks at the B/D 170th Street stop at around 6:45 a.m. A train coming into the station at the time of the incident ran over the victim's leg, and he was taken to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.
"The patient was able to get out of the way of the train, but he was not able to get his leg out in time," FDNY Lt. Julio Marrero told NBC NY. "He landed close to the third rail, was in and out of consciousness and was observed to be at serious risk of bleeding out...[paramedics] began to treat the patient while they were still on the tracks. He was lying right next to the third rail, inches away from being electrocuted."
The NY Post identifies the victim as Luis Henriques, and reports that his left leg was amputated as a result of the incident. Henriques had reportedly been in an argument with the suspect, but recalled that he did not "see the shove coming," saying later, "I just felt somebody push me."
"He’s a very beautiful person,” one neighbor told the NY Post. “Very kind and loving. I couldn’t believe it. He’s never in fights. He comes from work, stays in his house. Eats, showers, goes to sleep. [I’m] very shocked.”
A police spokesman said the suspect had entered the station illegally by jumping the turnstile. The man was last seen wearing a green skullcap, white and black Adidas shoes and a green jacket.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.