- Zinat Hossain, 24, died after being pushed by robbers into the path of an oncoming subway train at Brooklyn’s Utica Avenue station in New York City last week, according to reports.
- Police believe the robbers were trying to steal her bag before she was reportedly pushed.
- Dr. Enamul Haque, Hossain’s uncle and president of the Greater Comilla Association in New York, said his niece had been living with her parents in Brooklyn since 2016. She attended Hunter College and was reportedly heading home at the time of the incident.
- Hossain’s death comes nearly four months after Michelle Go faced a similar death at Times Square-42nd Street station.
- Police have yet to identify the suspects. Whether the attack was a hate crime is also yet to be determined.
A Bangladeshi student died after being pushed by robbers into the path of an oncoming subway train in New York City last week, according to reports.
Zinat Hossain, 24, was crushed under the train at Brooklyn’s Utica Avenue station at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Police believe the robbers were trying to steal her bag before she was allegedly pushed.
Man with gun ‘arsenal’ is arrested for ‘random’ fatal shooting of Indian student outside Toronto subway
- Toronto Police arrested Richard Jonathan Edwin, 39, in connection to separate murders of an Indian student and a Toronto resident last week.
- The police found and seized Edwin’s "arsenal" of legally owned firearms, including rifles, handguns and loaded magazines.
- He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Indian international student Kartik Vasudev, 21, and Elijah Eleazar Mahepath, 35.
- They are investigating Edwin's background and are not labeling the separate incidents as hate crimes at this time.
- “It seems unlikely that these were just random crimes as police are saying,” Vasudev’s father Jitesh told The Indian Express. “The man murdered two people in a span of two days. There has to be a motive or a target and it does not come across as random.
Toronto Police arrested a suspect accused of two separate murders of an Indian student and a Toronto resident last week.
Richard Jonathan Edwin, 39, was arrested in a building by Bloor Street West and Spadina Avenue on Sunday evening. The police found and seized Edwin’s “arsenal” of legally owned firearms, including rifles, handguns and loaded magazines.
- Frank James, the primary suspect of the subway shooting in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park on Tuesday that left at least 29 injured has been taken into custody.
- James, 62, was born in the Bronx but moved to different locations for short periods of time, according to his sister, Catherine James Robinson.
- In several videos uploaded to his YouTube channel, which is now defunct, James goes on rants about death, a “race war,” wanting to "exterminate" groups of people and the need for more mass shootings.
- Officials said no explosives or weapons were discovered in the U-Haul van that was connected to the shooting.
- The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service were involved in the search for James.
Frank James, the primary suspect of the Sunset Park subway shooting in Brooklyn on Tuesday that left at least 29 injured, including 10 commuters with gunshot wounds, has been taken into custody, according to law enforcement.
Officials said that the gun used during the shooting has been linked to the 62-year-old man and was sold to him by a licensed firearms dealer at a pawn shop in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011. A gas mask bought on eBay was also linked to James.
- Kat Yen, a New York City-based theater director, was on the Times Square subway when a man began hurling anti-Asian remarks at her.
- The Taiwanese American woman posted the incident on her Instagram account in three separate, minute-long posts.
- “I believe they need to all die. I have the right to say that. I think all Asians should die,” the man can be heard in the video saying to Yen. “I’m racist. I’m proud about what I say, but I’m only racist towards Asians because they’re the worst thing. Why can’t you live freely in your own country and say what you want to say?”
- In one of her Instagram captions, Yen accused the unidentified man of having previously targeting Asian riders on the train.
An unidentified man in a Times Square subway was recorded hurling anti-Asian remarks at an Asian American woman.
Kat Yen, a New York City-based theater director and an M.F.A. candidate at Yale School of Drama, was on the Times Square subway when a man wearing a gray sweater and a black backpack started hurling anti-Asian remarks at her.
NYC suspect who hit Asian man with hammer has 47 prior arrests, threatens killing spree when she is released
- Christian Jeffers, 48, has been charged with hate crimes for allegedly striking a 29-year-old Asian man in the head with a hammer on a Manhattan subway platform on Tuesday.
- Police sources say Jeffers, who identifies as a woman, has 47 prior arrests and is currently on supervised release for a second-degree robbery conviction.
- The victim, who was treated at a hospital, claims Jeffers intentionally bumped into him after harassing someone else on the platform.
- According to a criminal complaint, during her arrest she used racial slurs against an officer and threatened them, “By the time I get out of prison, first thing I’m going to do is get a gun and try to kill as many of you as possible.”
- The incident adds to the list of violent attacks against Asian Americans in New York City, sparking calls for heightened security measures and improved criminal justice policies.
An individual wanted for hitting an Asian man with a hammer on a Manhattan subway platform has been charged with hate crimes and ordered held on a $300,000 bail on Friday.
Christian Jeffers, who reportedly identifies as a woman, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the attack, which occurred on the 7th Avenue and West 14th Street station on the 1/2/3 line in Chelsea on Tuesday night.
After Michelle Go’s death, MTA to build subway barriers at 3 NYC stations in attempt to improve safety
- In an interview on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said it will install barriers on subway platforms in an attempt to improve public safety.
- The announcement comes a month after 40-year-old Michelle Go was shoved to her death in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square station.
- The pilot program, which will include three stations, is expected to be completed in 2024 for a cost of more than $100 million.
- Aside from barriers, the MTA is also looking into deploying thermal and laser technologies to detect track incursion.
A month after the tragic death of Michelle Go, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that it will install barriers on subway platforms in an attempt to improve public safety.
The pilot program will be implemented in three stations, including the Times Square 7 line, the Third Avenue L line and the Sutphin Boulevard JFK Airport E line, according to FOX 5 New York.
- Ronald Lacey, 23, is accused of shoving an Asian man into the path of a subway train in New York City last May.
- Bystanders managed to flag down the train and pull the victim up to safety.
- Lacey was arrested on Friday after groping a woman at another subway station last month.
A man accused of pushing an Asian commuter into the path of an approaching subway train in New York City last May has been arrested after groping a woman, police announced on Tuesday.
Ronald Lacey, 23, allegedly shoved the victim, 35, in the direction of an F train at the 21st Street-Queensbridge Station in Long Island City at around 7:45 a.m. on May 24, 2021.
- In October, a Korean American woman was verbally attacked and spat at while riding on a New York City A Train.
- A video of the incident recorded by the victim shows the man saying, “Who wants to touch you, you miserable f*cking carrier!”
- The incident was reportedly not initially investigated as a hate crime but a civilian hate crime review panel has reversed that.
A Korean American woman reportedly fell victim to an anti-Asian incident in New York City that was not investigated as a hate crime for months until a recent panel recommendation.
The incident, which was caught on video and posted on Twitter, occurred on the A Train between 34th and 42nd Streets on Oct. 5, 2021, according to ABC7 News reporter CeFaan Kim.
Bew Jirajariyawetch, a 23-year-old aspiring model from Thailand, was brutally attacked while waiting for a subway on the 34th Street Herald Square subway platform on Nov. 22.
A random attack: Jirajariyawetch said she is “lucky to be alive” in an exclusive interview with Daily Mail about the attack.
The New York Police Department Hate Crimes division posted surveillance video footage on Twitter in which a man can be seen approaching and then slapping an Asian woman across the face.
Police investigation: The Twitter post states that at approximately 6:19 AM on Dec. 1, an unidentified male approached a 58-year-old female on the platform of the 174th St. subway station (#2 and #5 lines) in the Bronx.
Siu Ling Ko, a 34-year veteran of New York City Transit’s (NYCT) Department of Subway Car Equipment, will now head the department as vice president and chief mechanical officer, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced on Sunday.
Why this matters: Ko is the first-ever woman to hold the role at MTA, which remains overwhelmingly male at the rank-and-file and leadership levels. Current records show that of its 69,639 employees, only 12,513 — or 18% — are women.
Two elderly Asian women were assaulted during separate attacks on the city’s subway on Tuesday.
The first victim was a 68-year-old woman, who was punched in the back of the head at around 7 a.m. The attack happened on the northbound A platform at 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem, according to WPIX.