Victim of New York subway attack fears re-joining train after attack

A 34-year-old woman who sustained a broken leg after being pushed onto a Manhattan subway track told The Post on Wednesday the random attack left her so distraught that she now fears ever to take the train again.

The victim, Wan

“I was already scared to take the train because of this event,” Xu said uncertainly as she recovered from her apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

“I don’t know how I’m ever going to take the train in the future.”

The frightening, unprovoked attack happened just moments after Xu entered the platform of trains Nos. 1/2/3 just after 11 p.m., the victim and police said.

The married mother-of-one, who was walking home after working at a nearby foot massage parlor, recalled being about a meter from the edge of the platform when she suddenly felt a “great force”.

“It was really terrible because I had no warning at that point,” Xu said. “He suddenly pushed me to the ground from behind with all his strength. I was very shocked.”

Wan Xu is recovering at home
34-year-old Wan
Brigitte Stelzer

Victim's injured leg
The salon worker suffered a broken leg in the frightening, unprovoked attack.
Brigitte Stelzer

After quickly realizing that she could not stand due to her broken leg, Xu began desperately to make sure the train wasn’t headed straight for her.

“I was afraid of the train arriving. I did my best to get out,” she recalled.

As her attacker fled, other straphangers rushed to the woman’s aid and dragged her back onto the platform, law enforcement sources said.

“There were many people next to me and they pulled me out,” Xu said, adding that she had to “endure the pain” when she was lifted off the tracks.

The victim is recovering at home
Xu, who was recovering at her Sunset Park apartment, said the random attack left her so distraught that she now fears ever taking the train again.
Brigitte Stelzer

She was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where doctors confirmed a broken leg, Xu said.

“They scanned my leg at the hospital. The doctor told me it was a fracture. I’m on painkillers now. I can’t lift the leg,” she said, her member bandaged and immobilized.

Police were told that on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at approximately 10:55 p.m., an unidentified person approached a 34-year-old female victim from behind on the southbound platform of the
The suspect wore a dirty red sweatshirt, brown work boots and was described as being fair-skinned and dark-haired.

Xu, who said she doesn’t have health insurance, added that doctors warned her that surgery would be needed to properly rebuild the bone.

“I called the hospital today and they told me I would have to pay all the expenses myself,” the victim said.

Meanwhile, her attacker – thought to be in his 40s – was still at large as of Wednesday, police said.

A view of the Chambers Street train platform
The attack happened just moments after Xu boarded the platforms of trains 1, 2 and 3 on Chambers Street, the victim and police said.
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An ambulance at the scene of the accident
She was immediately taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where doctors confirmed a broken leg.
William C. Lopez/New York Post

Xu said she never saw the creep.

“I think this person must be crazy,” she said, adding that police have not yet given her any updated information on the suspect.

In addition to the dirty red sweatshirt, the attacker was also wearing tan work boots, police said, and was described as having light complexion and dark hair.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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