Transit Crime Climbs In NYC Even As City Sees Overall Drop

December 14, 2018 - 10:53 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A woman was attacked after bumping into someone on a crowded train Tuesday. Another rider was pushed onto the subway tracks by a man at the Union Square station before onlookers helped her. And straphangers have been getting punched by strangers at stations across the city.

The incidents are part of a disturbing trend upwards in transit crime this year.

The NYPD says crime in the subway and on buses is up 2.5 percent from 2017.

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That includes a 4.8 percent uptick in assaults and a 7.6 percent rise in robberies in the transit system.

This comes as crime is dropping overall citywide. The city saw a 5 percent drop in major crimes like homicide, felonious assault and burglary in November compared to 2017; it was the lowest level for November in the modern era of NYPD recordkeeping.

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Police arrested 40-year-old Anna Lushchinskaya after she allegedly beat a 24-year-old woman with an umbrella and yelled racial slurs when the two bumped into each other on a D train in Brooklyn. 

The NYPD is still searching for the man who pushed a woman onto the subway tracks at Union Square on Thursday. She was rescued by fellow riders and did not suffer any serious injuries.