The lady who was shoved onto Brooklyn subway tracks this week informed The Post on Thursday the unprovoked assault left her “traumatized” — and afraid of ever driving the rails solo again.
Maria Brown, 62, mentioned her homeless assailant didn’t say a phrase earlier than pushing her onto the tracks at Broadway Junction round 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
“When I was walking in the middle area, there are some wooden benches,” Brown mentioned by cellphone. “[The suspect] was standing there. He was putting on some green pants and a blue hoodie.”
“When I was passing him, he pushed me onto the tracks so hard [that] I was in shock,” she recalled. “I was traumatized.”
“He didn’t say anything to me — nothing,” she added. “He didn’t look at me. I felt his arms when he pushed me. He pushed me in the back. I’m like, ‘Why did you do this?”
Brown, of the Upper East Side, mentioned she had gotten off the L prepare at Broadway Junction and wished to switch to a J prepare to go to her sister and nieces at Cleveland Avenue.
Transit District 33 cops are headquartered contained in the station, however no officers had been across the second Brown was attacked, she mentioned.
“All the cops were somewhere else,” she mentioned. “There were none where I was when it happened. I’d say 10 or so of them came and then they started coming like flies.”
Brown suffered a deep lower to her leg and fortuitously didn’t make contact with the prepare. She was taken to the hospital, the place she acquired 35 to 40 stitches “from my ankle all the way up,” she mentioned.
“I’m in pain right now,” Brown mentioned. “I’m still in shock. I’m still thinking about, ‘Why did he do it?’ He is not supposed to push me or anybody. He is not supposed to do that.”
Brown believes her older age had one thing to do with why she was focused.
“I’m 63, I’m not a young chicken,” she mentioned. “They are picking on the elderly. That’s what they do. They pick on people that cannot defend themselves.”
The plucky victim says she needs she may have fought again.
“If I didn’t see my cut, believe me, I would have whipped his butt, but I couldn’t because my leg was terrible,” she mentioned.
The suspect, who was extremely intoxicated, was taken into custody on the scene and charged with each felony and misdemeanor expenses for assault with intent to trigger critical damage and reckless endangerment, cops mentioned.
He had no identification on him and wouldn’t present his identify, police mentioned.
For now, Brown mentioned she’ll be staying away from the trains until she has a journey companion.
“I’m not taking the train alone — nope, not anymore. I can’t,” she mentioned. “I’m traumatized taking the train — just looking at them … I’m going to stop. I’m scared. I’m very scared and I’m a person who takes the train all the time.”
“But now, I stay on my bus in Manhattan,” she mentioned. “I got no business taking the train. Everywhere I go, it’s gonna be the bus. And if I have to take the train, I have to bring somebody with me. I’m not traveling by myself.”
She additionally bashed Mayor Bill de Blasio for downplaying the city’s recent spate of violence.
“Every time I look at the news, it’s somebody getting hurt, somebody getting punched or something,” she lamented. “Every day, every hour — cut, slice — come on, man. And they act like they crazy.”
“No! Lock them up,” the victim railed. “Give them to de Blasio, tell them to take them to de Blasio’s house — take them all, lock them up in there with him, being that he gives them so much power. He is the one that should be riding the train all the time, anytime, to see how he likes it.”
“Do something,” she continued. “At this point I’m mad. I’m very upset with him because he is saying it’s safe. It’s not safe. That’s a lie.”