The Brooklyn woman who was arrested on Tuesday morning for hitting, spitting, and using racial slurs against her fellow passengers on a D train to Manhattan was arrested in June for assaulting passengers in a Sunset Park train station, and allegedly punched another subway rider on Monday of this week.
According to an NYPD spokesperson, 40-year-old Anna Lushchinskaya was arrested on June 28th in the 36th Street D/N/R subway station in Sunset Park after allegedly spraying a substance into two people's faces: "As the D train arrives in the station [Lushchinskaya] walks by the victim and discharged the substance in the victims' faces, causing burning and irritation." Lushchinskaya was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault.
Another alleged victim, who asked not to be named out of fear of being attacked again, said she had exited the R train at the 4th Avenue/9th Street station this past Monday morning, and was transferring to the F when she walked by a woman she now says was 40-year-old Anna Lushchinskaya.
"As I was passing her she stuck her arm out and like, side punched me with her keys in her knuckles," the passenger said. "I stumbled, caught myself, kept walking and turned around because she was screaming at me to leave her alone. She called me a 'psycho bitch,' and I still had my headphones on so I couldn’t completely catch what she said because I was so taken off guard."
The rider admits that she "got in her face a little," and took the photo above, when "a man and woman kind of grabbed me and they were like, leave her she’s not worth it."
When she got out of the train station at Carroll Street, the passenger said she told transit police "through tears" what had happened. "They told me because I didn’t know who she was they couldn’t do anything and if I were to file a complaint it was be harassment not assault," she said, adding that she emailed the transit police on Wednesday night but has not yet received a response. [Update: The passenger tells us that an NYPD officer called her on Friday morning, around the time this story was published.]
After Wednesday's incident, in which Lushchinskaya is seen on video hitting a woman with her umbrella and keys, and calling her a "fucking c*ink," she was was charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault, and harassment, all misdemeanors, according to a criminal complaint from the Brooklyn DA's office.
Susan Morris, Lushchinskaya's Legal Aid attorney, declined to comment.
Lushchinskaya's next court date is set for January 22.