The NYPD are on the hunt for a man who was caught on camera after he had ripped a woman’s sneaker off her foot while exiting a subway station in Brooklyn.
The 47-year-old woman was heading up the stairs at Grand Army Plaza at about 11am on Wednesday when her shoe was snatched from her.
The suspect then jumped the turnstile while still carrying the purple sneaker, before getting onto a train.
Clear surveillance video captured images of the man who did not appear to know what to do with himself after jumping onto the platform.
A woman in Brooklyn was left with only one shoe after a man ripped her sneaker off her foot as she walked out of a subway station on Wednesday
The thief then ran into the station, jumping over the turnstile before getting on train
The 47-year-old woman was walking up the stairs at the Grand Army Plaza station in Park Slope at around 11am Suspect ripped the left sneaker from her foot as she headed out of the station
At one stage, he could be seen turning to walk back out through the exit gate but appeared to have trouble opening it.
It gave cameras located inside the station plenty of time to get a good shot of him from various angles.
The suspect was described as a male, black, 20 to 30 years old, 5’10” tall and about 220lbs.
In photos he was seen wearing a gray knit cap, a gray vest, blue sweater, blue jeans and white sneakers.
The man did not seem to know what to do with himself and attempted to open the emergency exit gate but it appeared stuck
Victim was not physically injured during the incident but surveillance footage caught several clear images of the suspect the NYPD would like to speak with
The brazen theft is the latest in a string of subway violence that led new Mayor Eric Adams to declare he doesn’t feel ‘safe’ in the city’s transit system.
Crime in New York is up over 41 percent compared to last year, with transit incidents up 74 percent compared to this time in 2021.
There have been 227 transit crime incidents citywide since the beginning of the year, according to the latest figures from the New York Police Department.
That’s up from 130 such incidents at this time last year.
Meanwhile, an NYPD union leader slammed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg this week, claiming criminals throughout New York City have become ’emboldened’ by a soft-on-crime memo he authored last month.
Last week, Paul DiGiacomo, president of New York City’s Detectives’ Endowment Association, said Bragg’s memo, which was sent to assistant prosecutors on January 3 shortly after he took office, has since led to a series of violent crimes and murders.
‘I believe they feel 100 percent emboldened,’ DiGiacomo told Fox News of criminals’ response to Bragg’s soft-on-crime policy.
Crimes within the city’s subway and transit system have not been spared by the recent citywide spike in crime.
The most notable incident involved Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, a senior manager at consulting conglomerate Deloitte.
She died on January 15 died after Simon Martial allegedly shoved her off the platform at West 42nd Street and Broadway at around 9:40 am.
When Martial, who has a lengthy criminal history, was asked by a reporter if he had been the one to push Go, he seemingly admitted to killing the subway rider and said: ‘Yes, because I’m God. Yes, I did it. I’m God. I can do it.’
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks during Thursday’s event by New York University School of Law, in which he defended his office’s policies
Speaking to the New York Post last month, Martial’s older sister, Josette Simon, from Georgia, argued that her brother belonged in a mental health facility and should have been kept off the streets.
Last month, police released surveillance footage of a suspect accused of shoving a 62-year-old man onto the subway tracks on Sunday, January 23, just weeks after Go’s death.
The New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers unit released surveillance footage of a man in a black hoodie leaving a subway station shortly after the assault at the A/C platform at Fulton Street Station.
The unidentified man allegedly approached a 62-year-old man from behind on Sunday, January 23 and pushed him onto the tracks as a train was entering the station.
The victim luckily knew to hide in a space under the platform to avoid being hit, but wasn’t quick enough and was slammed by part of the train.
He suffered a laceration and bruising to his left leg before he escaped the tracks and treated his wounds at New York Downtown Hospital.
The assault came just weeks after Michelle Go (above) died on January 15 after she was shoved off the subway platform at West 42nd Street and Broadway
Meanwhile, the news of Wednesday morning’s attempted rape came hours after another woman was robbed at knifepoint as she waited for the train at an Uptown Manhattan subway stop during rush hour on Thursday.
The woman, 43, was talking on the phone and waiting for the C train at the West 163rd Street station in Washington Heights at around 6:10 pm when a man approached her, according to the New York Police Department.
The unidentified attacker flashed a knife and tried to grab her phone as they struggled. The woman kept her phone, but he made off with her purse.
Surveillance video shows the woman chasing her assailant through a turnstile. She was uninjured and officers later found the purse emptied out.
Police are searching for a man who allegedly brandished a knife and tried to pry a woman’s phone out of her hands before making off with her purse on Thursday, February 3. Surveillance video shows the woman chasing her assailant through a turnstile
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