NEW YORK – The man New York City police said grabbed a woman Sunday and tossed her onto subway tracks in the Bronx was arrested Tuesday following a days-long search.
Surveillance video of the attack, released by police via social media early Tuesday, shows the suspect shove the woman and her plunge onto the tracks.
The New York Police Department identified the suspect as Theodore Ellis, a 30-year-old Bronx resident, WNBC reported.
According to WABC-TV, Ellis is charged with assault and reckless endangerment linked with the daylight attack on the 52-year-old woman at the Westchester Avenue/Jackson Avenue subway station in the Longwood neighborhood.
According to police, Ellis told investigators that he was drunk at the time of the incident and “didn’t realize his strength” when he tossed the woman off the platform, the TV station reported.
The 20-second snippet of surveillance video shared by police shows the man and woman initially facing each other about six feet from the edge of the platform. The man can then be seen placing his arms around her and forcibly shoving her, causing her to fall head-first over the platform’s edge, WNBC reported.
The man then walks out of view.
There were no trains approaching at the time of the attack, and other subway riders helped pull the woman to safety, the TV station reported.
The victim, who has not been identified publicly, suffered a broken collarbone and cuts all over her body but is expected to fully recover, WABC reported.