NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Queens man was charged Tuesday with attempted murder after he allegedly shoved a man onto subway tracks at a station in Long Island City last year.
Ronald Lacey, 23, of Fresh Meadows, is charged with pushing the victim on the tracks at the 21st Street/Queensbridge station around 7:40 a.m. on May 24, 2021.
According to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, the victim had no contact with Lacey and the attack seemed completely random.
The train was approaching the station when the man was shoved onto the tracks, but multiple people on the platform were able to run forward and get the attention of the conductor to stop the train.
Several good Samaritans were able to reach down and pull the man to safety on the platform. He had lost consciousness in the fall and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for a fractured wrist and a cut that required 14 stitches.
“Without provocation, this defendant allegedly shoved a man from the platform of the subway onto the tracks with a train entering the station,” Katz said.
“This could have ended with tragic results if not for the quick action of good Samaritans who flagged the train to stop and others who pulled the man up to safety,” she added. “The defendant, who was on the run for months, is now in custody and facing very serious charges.”
Lacey was arrested on Jan. 7 in connection with the incident.
He is charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.
Lacey is due back in court on Wednesday and faces up to 25 years in prison, if convicted.