Homeless Man Arrested for Pushing Transgender Woman Onto Subway Tracks

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January 8, 2007 - New York - Riders waiting for  subway trains at the 72nd street and Broadway station in Manhattan.
Photo: Andrew Holbrooke/Corbis

The NYPD has arrested the man believed to have pushed a transgender woman onto the subway tracks earlier this week. CBS2 reports that two officers found 32-year-old Rolan Reid riding the 6 train in lower Manhattan late Thursday night. Reid, who is homeless, was wearing the same clothes he had on when he attacked the 28-year-old victim at the Bleecker Street 6 stop on Monday. (Her fellow commuters pulled her to safety with only minor injuries.) According to the police, Reid made incriminating statements as he was taken into custody and told the cops, “I’m going to throw you guys onto the tracks.”

Reid has been charged with second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime and second- and third-degree assault as a hate crime. (He is said to have 28 prior arrests, including some for violent offenses.) Reid, who reportedly began acting “aggressively” as he was questioned, was eventually placed in a straitjacket and taken to Bellevue for evaluation.

Man Arrested for Pushing Woman Onto Tracks