1 Dead, 2 Injured In Separate Subway Incidents

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A subway rider was attacked by a homeless man on Saturday morning. Police say that Andrew Lessey, 29, pushed a 62-year-old man onto the tracks at the Times Square subway station.

The victim avoided the electric 3rd rail and was able to climb off of the tracks before the next train arrived.

Lessey  was charged with reckless endangerment and assault, police said.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and treated for cuts.

In a separate incident a man was struck and killed by a train while walking on the tracks in SoHo, according to police.

The man was instantly killed when he was hit by the No. 6 train near the Spring Street station.

His name was being withheld pending the notification of his family.

Another man was hospitalized after being shot while standing on the platform for the No. 6 train at Hunt’s Point Avenue on Sunday morning.

What can the NYPD do to protect passengers along the city’s transit lines? Add your thoughts in our comments section below…

  • Mayor Koch's dental bridge

    Plenty of money to build the new 2nd avenue subway 24/7 and cutting passenger
    security all at the same time 24/7 ….Makes sense on paper?

    In any event what happened to the idea of enclosing bus drivers in a cage against attack for the security of the driver & the bus.?

  • Mike Steinwitz

    That bag of garbage should have been charged with attempted murder. The system in NYC and the city of NYC is the pits.

  • Miss Fitz

    In Manhattan 28th street & Broadway the downtown R/N has no one watching
    that station as they took away the “Token booth”, as trendy hotels are opening
    up across the street level ,this should become a muggers paradise for those
    un suspecting tourists. We are going backwards on security after 9-11 on
    the subway, taking away those booths when people now just climb over the
    turnstiles is the idea from an idiot.

  • rocky

    The E Train should be called a Homeless shelter and the officers just ride the same car and dont do anything, I guess thats because Bloomberg dont use that line

  • EMC

    At numerous staions there ar no MTA personnel .The former token booths are being dismantled and since no one is monitoring activity, countless people just jump the turnstiles. The presence of homeless and other undesirables has increased making most commutes more unpleasant and often unsafe. The MTa needs to increase the number of transit police. What is truly disturbing though is that the incidents of violence and other criminal activity are now occurring not at isolated stations at off-hours but at busy stations and at any time of day.

  • Wolf

    What happen to all of the surplus funds the MTA had? put humans back in subway booths. hire more MTA police. Where are all the new recruits that were in Times Square on New Years? Get them in subways. And start doing something about the homeless problem in Penn Station, Port Authority and Grand Central. All we NY’ers and tourist get is terrorized every few feet for money. Put them in shelters. Get them jobs. And if they don’t want to work like the rest of us NYers then ship em out. And get rid of the damn illegal aliens who don’t want to work. No more lazy people in NYC.

    • Lawn-Guy Land

      There was once a “projected” surplus based on real estate transfer taxes, but that tanked along with the housing market. In the end, there never was an ACTUAL surplus, only smaller losses than expected.

  • Lmaont M Pearson

    How about bringing all of them cops that are guarding the times square and wall streets stations and bring them uptown and in other boroughs then maybe crime will drop in our subways,did they forget that when people are shot,mugged,raped,assaulted etc,etc,etc, on our trains and buses we are still being terrorized?

  • billl

    there are there more crazies, zombies and homeless roaming Penn Station than ever. its seriously a homeless shelter down there. Amazing you can pay 250+ a month to ride NJ Transit and LIRR and be surrounded by people on crack who just crapped their pants. Get these twitching, mentality ill people away from me while there are passing by.

  • Love NYC

    Keep repeat offenders behind bars.

  • jh

    I blame A. J. Burnett…

  • Bubby

    Thee should be armed security personnel in every station

  • Mari N

    compared to the rest of the world, New York Subways are gross. They smell, they look rundown and are not safe. I thought NYC was supposed to be the greatest city in the world? With decrepid looking subways like we have I’d say it looks more like a 3rd world city.

    • The Realist

      By law, the subway system MUST be kept “rundown and not safe” so that the professional complainers can preserve their source of income.

      • Dr meh

        By law subways need to be kept dirty so professional trolls like realist can earn an income.

    • Soap

      Amen !

    • ben

      you must not be from myc mari n. that’s what the nyc subway system was like back in the 70’s and 80’s not today. yeah u can see a few dirty trains etc, but nothing comparing to how it used to be, no way no how!

  • Dr meh

    Subways are unsafe
    Riders risk of being gang Beaten, mugged, raped, knifed or shot.

    We should get more tourist riding the subways, then the mayor will take action

    • The Realist

      By law, the subway system MUST be kept unsafe so that the professional complainers can preserve their source of income.

      • Dr meh

        Better than keeping quiet and suckIng it up like you do…realist sucker

  • Robert Moses

    This further illustrates the need to BAN all public transportation. Remember that REAL Americans drive everywhere, so people who ride trains and buses are America-hating traitors.

    • Lamont M Pearson

      Now that was so stupid and didn’t make any sense at all.SMH

    • Lisa

      You’re an idiot.

      • Robert Moses

        No, I’m a patriot who loves the AMERICAN way of life, which includes DRIVING.

        • jeff

          You are so stupid, you do know exactly how stupid you are.

          • Robert Moses

            Actually, my plan in the 1950’s to destroy the Bronx was quite brilliant. I deliberately routed the Cross Bronx Expressway to force as many people as possible out of their homes. That maximized the total money available for relocation allowances (which I then kept for MYSELF) while showing the city that it exists only as a conduit for suburban traffic.

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