A Brooklyn mother who was thrown down subway escalator by a stranger says she is covered in claw marks from her fall down the metal stairs, and is afraid to see her attacker again.
Woman thrown down Brooklyn escalator says her skin split open ‘as if I had been clawed by a tiger’
On condition her name not be published, the 30-year-old fashion design student said she was on her way home when she was assaulted at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station Thursday night.
She was near the top of the escalator when the man pushed her.
“I said, ‘Say excuse me.’ Just those three words,” the victim said. “And then I looked the other way. He aggressively responded, ‘Yes, I said excuse me.'”
The man turned around, she recounted, “and bam, he automatically kicked me in the chest. My God, it was from the top of the Barclay Center escalator all the way down.”
The video shows the alarming attack, and how the victim fell down the moving stairs past another commuter who did nothing as she fell.
“This was more than stairs. Escalators are pointy and moving. They are bigger and sharper,” she said. “They covered my whole body. They covered me like I was scratched by a tiger.”
The attacker climbed the stairs and left the station. The young mother refused medical attention at the scene, even though she knew she was injured, with a sprained left ankle, an injured right knee and open cuts.
“I didn’t want to be in an emergency room. I just wanted to go home to my 9-year-old son, to my family,” she said. “I’ve been limping for days.”
As for the assailant, she said, “I’ve never seen him before, and I hope he’s never seen me before. And I hope I never see him again. I’m glad my 9-year-old son wasn’t there,” she added.