Posted on October 25, 2022

Suspect in NYC ‘Knockout-Game’ Subway Attack Held on $20K Bail

Kevin Sheehan and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, New York Post, October 25, 2022

The “problem kid” charged in a suspected knockout-game attack on a 62-year-old Bronx straphanger claimed the vicious assault was in self-defense, court papers show — as he was ordered held on $20,000 bail.

Deshaun Smith, 21, is charged with assault, harassment and reckless endangerment for allegedly punching the unsuspecting victim and knocking him onto the tracks at the 149th Street station Sunday night {snip}

According to a criminal complaint, Smith allegedly slugged the straphanger in the head out of nowhere while the victim was waiting for a No. 4 train — then shoved him onto the subway tracks.

Smith claimed self-defense to authorities {snip}

“Is it looking bad for me?” Smith allegedly asked cops of the case, according to the complaint. “My thing is, he said something to me inappropriate first. I was defending myself. Can I just say one thing before I get inside? I was defending myself.

“Why am I in trouble? Why are you doing this? I don’t have a record,” he said. “Am I getting booked for this? I did push him.”


Smith, who lives in Williamsburg, was previously arrested Oct. 6 for allegedly snatching a 51-year-old woman’s keys and injuring her hand {snip}

A worker at Smith’s Brooklyn building said the victim was his own mother.