A 21-year-old woman is recovering in hospital after she was pushed in front of a oncoming train, allegedly because she refused to give money to a homeless man.
Maya Leggat, a student at Hunter College in New York, was standing on the platform when she was pushed onto the line just as an oncoming empty train was pulling in.
Miss Leggat is understood to be in a stable condition in hospital but has suffered severe injuries to her legs and is set to undergo surgery.
Members of the public who witnessed the horrific event reportedly held the suspect until police arrived.
Howard Mickens, the homeless man accused of pushing Miss Leggat, has been charged with attempted murder and made a bizarre appearance in court saying he was ‘guilty with an explanation’.
He has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Metro-North Railroad spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said CCTV video from the station clearly showed Miss Leggat being pushed, reports The Journal News.
“She’s not leaning over the tracks. She was minding her own business, and he pushed her from behind,” she said.Gary Waxman, a local newsstand owner, told CBS New York: "She refused to give him money and he pushed her in front of a train. Fingers were gone, legs were mangled - that’s what I heard from police."