THIS is the terrifying moment a crazed New York City subway rider shoved a stranger onto the tracks just seconds before a train pulls in.
The victim, a 40-year-old woman, was forcefully pushed by a crazed man on the subway tracks at the 14th Street-Union Square station on Thursday morning.
Aditya Vemulapati, 24, was identified as the man who pushed the woman[/caption]
Surveillance video captured a woman getting pushed off an NYC subway platform[/caption]
Despite the frightening fall onto the tracks, the woman miraculously survived – escaping with minor injuries.
Police later identified the alleged subway maniac as 24-year-old Aditya Vemulapati.
Vemulapati – who is considered to be homeless – was charged with attempted murder and assault.
The victim, a 40-year-old woman, is seen lying on the tracks as the train arrives[/caption]
Speaking at a press conference after the incident, Transit Chief Kathleen O’Reilly said: “She fell, fortunately for her, between the row bed and the rails.
“Very minor injuries but for the grace of God.”
Surveillance video – which was uploaded to Twitter on Thursday afternoon– captured the near-fatal attack[/caption]
O’Reilly later described the attack as “very disturbing” as “the perpetrator had no contact with the victim” and “there were no words exchanged,” WCBS-TV reported.
According to the news outlet, the woman – who requested not to be identified – was taken to Bellevue Hospital and returned home later in the day with cuts on her head.
The 32-second video of the attack, which has since obtained more than 1,500 views, shows the crazed man pacing back-and-forth for approximately 15 seconds before running up to his victim.
His abrupt push made the woman fall on the tracks and bystanders prepare to witness the worst.
Police inspected the tracks after the incident[/caption]
The attack took place on the northbound 4/5/6 tracks in the Union Square subway station[/caption]
Police officers are seen in the Union Square subway station near where the attack took place[/caption]
One man was seen on the train platform with his hands on his head as he turned away in fear while train made its way down the northbound 4/5/6 tracks.
The shocking footage shows the train stopping over the woman as she remained underneath it and the suspect was caught.
It also captures the moment Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers spotted the suspect, who didn’t flee the scene.
Vemulapati was arrested quickly after the incident as police officers were nearby.
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Witness Andre Gunter, who was inside the train when the woman was pushed, was interviewed by WCBS following the scary occurrence.
He told the news outlet: “I was in front, and then the next thing you kind of see somebody like falling on the track.
“Then in a couple of seconds, the conductor stopped the train. This was before we even pulled up 100 percent. Then he came out, like traumatized, he was like, ‘That was a person.’”