An elderly woman who was attacked and pushed onto the train tracks by a homeless sex offender on Oct. 19 reportedly had to scramble her way out before an oncoming train passed through.
Dodging a train: Brooklyn prosecutors shared on Tuesday how 73-year-old Bi He managed to narrowly escape death as a train bound for Manhattan failed to stop in time when it arrived at the Clinton/Washington Ave. station in Clinton Hill, reports the NY Daily News.
- Suspect Luis Hernandez was arrested on Monday for attempted murder in the case.
- It was earlier reported that the woman survived because the operator had managed to stop the train in time.
- However, Assistant District Attorney Robert Schwartz revealed during the arraignment of the suspect that the train operator was not able to stop the train.
- “Luckily, Ms. He was able to get to the other side of the tracks and was not struck by the train,” Schwartz said.
- He, who remains under treatment at a local hospital, suffered multiple fractures on the spine, her skull and the tibia in her leg.
- A GoFundMe page, which was set up for the family two weeks ago, has reached over $13,000, exceeding its $10,000 goal, as of this writing.
How it started: Hernandez reportedly lost his cool with Henry Cheng, the 30-year-old grandson of Bi He, after he asked the suspect to stop smoking on the subway platform, as NextShark reported earlier.
- Hernandez struck Cheng “incredibly hard” on the face and then proceeded to hit him as he fell to the ground.
- The suspect then allegedly attacked Cheng’s 82-year-old grandfather, Ren Bao and pushed Bi He onto the tracks.
- Prosecutors noted that the cast Hernandez had on his arm when he was arrested indicated the severity of the beating he inflicted on the Cheng family.
- According to prosecutors, they acquired the “ID quality” video of Hernandez as he entered and left the train station.
Hernandez was imprisoned in 2007 for having inappropriate sexual contact with a child, and for incest charges. While he was released from prison in 2013, he was arrested again in 2018 over assault charges. He was released from prison in August, just two months before he attacked the Cheng family.
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