Fears are growing about riding the subway in New York City as crime on public transit appears to be on the rise.
On May 25th, Reddit user u/riverdale-74 posted a video of a violent attack on the subway in the thread r/crimeinnyc.
In the video, a person can be seen rushing around the carriage and yelling expletives. The person then sits down. When other passengers move away from them, the person grabs the woman closest to them by the hair and pulls her back to sit next to her. The woman, who appeared to be crying, asked the other passengers for help. Eventually, the person moves away from the woman to kick the train’s window.
According to recent reports from The New York Times, “major crimes on buses and subways account for just 2 percent of total urban crime, the same level as before the pandemic, but ridership is down 40 percent.”
Many commentators sympathized with the victim of the attack.
One said: “My heart dropped when they grabbed this poor woman’s hair.”
“I thought she would be with him for a second, he was that crazy. I couldn’t believe that this poor woman was probably just frozen in fear at that moment,” reads another.
While some users were stunned that viewers didn’t take action, one user encourages bystanders not to get involved: “If you’ve lived in NY long enough, you know you don’t have to intervene. You’ve seen people get involved and you’ve seen it go wrong. There’s always some weirdo pulling shit like this. The subway has been like this for as long as I can remember. What if he pulls out a gun? Is it worth getting your face cut?”
The Daily Dot reached out to Reddit user u/riverdale-74 for comment on this story.
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