A career criminal with more than 40 busts on his criminal record was charged with assault on Thursday for allegedly beating up a hero MTA subway worker in the Bronx.
Alexander Wright, 49, will remain on Rikers Island on $5,000 bail after being charged with two second-degree assaults and one third-degree assault in the August 11 brutal crackdown.
Wright – who is accused of punching down subway cleaner Anthony Nelson and breaking his bones – had evaded justice so many times in the past that officials have called him the poster child for the state’s broken criminal justice system.
In the most recent case, Wright allegedly punched 35-year-old Nelson after the MTA employee tried to stop him from harassing passengers at the Pelham Bay Park station.
“The defendant approached the employee and assaulted him, causing serious injury,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a statement Thursday. “That was negligent. Anyone who attacks a transit worker will be held accountable.”
The well-meaning traffic worker suffered a broken collarbone and a dislocated nose in the attack.
His sister previously told the Post that Nelson “wants this guy behind bars,” referring to Wright. Nelson’s mother, meanwhile, called Wright “a threat to society.”
“If you look at his story, you’re going to throw up,” Robert Kelley, vice president of the transit workers’ union, said of Wright after his arrest. “The system has failed society. At the end of the day, these are all similar assault cases.”
The career criminal’s story includes a video assault on a 55-year-old Asian woman in Lower Manhattan in June 2021 and a month later allegedly hurling boiling coffee at two precinct traffic officers.
Cops said Wright, whose nickname is “Disney,” lived in a homeless shelter on Wards Island and was the subject of three previous “emotionally disturbed person” reports.
He is due to appear in court for the November 3 attack on Nelson.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/22/career-criminal-indicted-for-attack-on-hero-nyc-subway-worker/ Career criminal charged with attacking New York subway heroes