Suspect Busted in NYC Subway Shove That Left Woman Critical May Have Attacked Another Straphanger Minutes Earlier
Joe Marino et al., New York Post, October 19, 2023
The maniac suspected of randomly shoving a woman into a moving Manhattan train — leaving her with life-threatening injuries — was busted on Thursday in New Jersey, where he’s believed to have at least two dozen prior arrests dating back over a decade, authorities said.
Sabir Jones, 39 — who allegedly pushed the unsuspecting 30-year-old victim into a departing downtown F train at the Fifth Avenue/53rd Street station around noon Wednesday — was spotted at McCarter Highway and Raymond Boulevard in Newark just over 24 hours later and detained by local cops, according to Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé.
His arrest came as law-enforcement sources said Thursday that Jones was believed to have attacked another straphanger at the same Midtown station just minutes before he allegedly shoved the woman — who hit her head on the train and then tumbled down onto the tracks, causing critical injuries that required brain surgery.
Jones allegedly slugged a 26-year-old man getting off a southbound E train in what also appeared to be a random attack, the law-enforcement sources said. That victim didn’t report the crime until nearly 8 p.m. — after seeing footage of Jones on the news, the sources said.
The suspect appears to be the same Sabir Jones who racked up at least 40 criminal cases in Essex County, NJ – including on weapons possession, drug, assault and sex crime charges – between 2012 and 2020, said Robert Florida, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
As recently as February of 2022, he was linked to criminal cases related to aggravated assaults, terroristic threats, theft of property and smoking in prohibited places in Newark, the records show.
A source who was granted access to some of his social service records told the New York Times the suspected subway assailant has a history of homelessness, mental illness and drug abuse.
Jones has one prior arrest in New York City from December 2022 for allegedly riding between subway cars on a J train at Norwood Avenue in Brooklyn, and then refusing to leave the station, police sources told The Post.
Jones has also been connected to an April incident involving threats to a business on Chrystie Street near Broome Street on the Lower East Side, according to the sources.
He has two previous “emotionally disturbed person” incidents, the sources said.
Sources have said Jones was mumbling to himself as he allegedly pushed the young woman into the train unprovoked.