NEW YORK CITY, NY - On Tuesday, police arrested Anthonia Egegbara, 29, a day after she was caught on a security camera pushing a woman into the subway train as it pulled into a Times Square station.
The 42-year-old victim was slammed against the oncoming train, leaving her with a broken nose, a broken jaw and several other injuries. She has since been released from Bellevue Hospital and is now recovering at home.
The victim, 42-year-old Lenny Javier, told WCBS:
My face is swollen, I have a broken nose, a fractured chin...I never thought it would happen to me. Someone needs to take responsibility for this, because it can’t be happening.
The victim does not know her attacker, and the assault was completely unprovoked.
Egegbara has been charged with attempted murder, and is currently being held on $100,000 bond.
According to police, Egegbara has a lengthy criminal record, going back at least 10 years...
-September 2020, she was arrested for turnstile jumping.
-July 2020, she was charged with assault after reportedly scratching a woman’s face. -April 2020, she was charged with grand larceny after stealing a cellphone out of someone’s hand.
-June 2020, she was charged with criminal mischief after being caught damaging a door with a hammer.
-July 2019, she was arrested for a particularly brutal assault, in which an elderly woman was repeatedly punched in the face, and kicked after falling to the pavement.
-November 2011, she was convicted of assault, after she punched a teenage girl multiple times, and even bit the girl’s finger.
Egegbara came to this country with her family from Nigeria, has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and has been hospitalized more than 50 times, according to her family.