Man Arrested For Subway Hate Crime

Two days ago, I blogged about a man who was responsible for fracturing the spine of a woman after seeing her kiss her partner on the cheek. At the time of the entry, the identity of the man was not known but a picture did exist.

Fast forward to earlier today when we learned the identity of the lowlife responsible for the hate crime. The person behind the crime was 54 year old Allasheed Allah. Here is more via a report from Larry Celona & Stephanie Pagones of the New York Post:

Police on Thursday busted the hate-filled rider who fractured a woman’s spine during an attack on a Queens subway, authorities said.

Allasheed Allah, 54, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated assault as a hate crime for the Nov. 30 attack, police and sources said.

He was nabbed after someone recognized his photo and alerted authorities of his name and his whereabouts, police said.

Allasheed allegedly approached the 20-year-old victim, who was standing with another woman, while they were riding a Manhattan-bound E train through Queens during evening rush hour.

“Kiss her again, you d—s,” he told them, police sources said.

Click here for the complete report.

I am glad this lowlife piece of trash was arrested as he had no right to do what he did. Hopefully the book is thrown at him as he does not deserve to have his freedom.

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Woman Saved At Manhattan Subway Station

This morning was an eventful one at the 14th St-Union Square station on the Lexington Avenue lines after a woman was pushed onto the tracks of the Bronx-bound & . Stephanie Pagones of the New York Post has more:

Good Samaritans rushed to bring a woman to safety after a stranger shoved her onto the subway tracks Thursday morning, according to police and witnesses.

The woman was standing on the uptown 4- and 5-train platform at Union Square subway station around 10:45 a.m. when a stranger pushed her — sending her falling onto the tracks, police and witnesses said.

Witness @buhlreports took to Twitter, where she noted how the man “pushed” the victim and then “ran away.”

Staphangers rushed to the woman’s aid before she came into contact with any oncoming trains, police and the witness said.

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Thankfully the woman was rescued by the quick thinking actions of some good samaritans & transit personnel. Hopefully she will mentally recover from the traumatic incident. Lastly I hope the person responsible for this crime gets caught & punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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MTA Board Approves 17B Budget

Earlier today the MTA Board approved a 17 billion dollar budget along with vows to restructure the agency significantly in order to save money. Part of the budget approved called for fare & toll hikes in March although to what extent is not known. Vincent Barone of AMNY has more:

Facing a billion-dollar budget gap through 2021, members of the MTA board on Wednesday vowed to significantly restructure the authority to save money.

The promises came as the board voted to approve a $17 billion budget for 2019 — a budget that slates yet another fare and toll hike in March — even though board members agonized over what they described as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s bloated bureaucracy and misspending.

“This is not going to go on like this — it can’t go on. And I think this board very soon is facing a situation where we are going to have to have massive restructuring of the MTA,” said MTA board member Andrew Saul. “There’s no question about that. You see it coming before us.”

The fare and toll hikes could potentially raise MetroCard rates to $3 and Long Island Rail Road tickets by as much as $15 a month — the sixth such raise since 2009. While the board is scheduled to vote on the details of a fare hike next month, there’s still uncertainty as to whether the increases will actually happen.

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The board approving the budget came at no surprise as they are legally bound to do so. Plus the talk of fare hikes has dominated the local transit news world for quite some time now.

What I found interesting though was the stance of Acting MTA Chairman Fernando Ferrer saying it was too early to discuss potential fare & toll hikes. For starters, the stance is 100% asinine. How can it be too early to discuss such increases when they are slated to happen in under 4 months? Also let us not forget the agency is holding public hearings throughout the region to discuss this very topic.

Besides asinine, his stance comes as being out of touch with reality. This is a sentiment shared towards MTA Board members as a whole who many feel are not in touch with the every day rider & what they go through dealing with the much maligned system.

I do agree with the board that the rules need to be changed so their fiscal year aligns with the rest of the city & state to better help determine actual numbers in terms of what can be expected versus projections which can be way off in both good & bad ways.

In the end, the city & state need to come up with better funding solutions along with the agency continuing to restructure itself to a point that not a dollar gets wasted. Now is this realistic? Considering the sides involved, ABSOLUTELY NOT!

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Man Sucker Punched At Subway Station

Cops in Queens are looking for a suspect who sucker punched a man at the Hunters Point Avenue station. Click here to see a video of the incident & if you have any details to help catch this lowlife, please contact the NYPD.

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Woman’s Spine Broken After Subway Attack

The man responsible for the attack on a 20 year old woman on a Manhattan-bound E train.

A woman who rode the subway with her partner never thought a simple kiss would lead to a trip to the hospital. The 20 year woman was aboard a Manhattan-bound E train when she gave her a partner a kiss on the cheek much to the anger of a homophobic man who saw it take place.

After berating the two women by calling them dykes among other language used. She argued with the man before walking away. Unfortunately that was not the end of it as he followed her and ended up punching her in the back of the head. After the punch, he threw her to the ground causing her head to hit the train floor.

He like the piece of shit coward that he is, escaped from the scene when the train reached the Forest Hills-71 Ave station. The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with a fractured spine.

Hopefully this lowlife is caught soon & prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Regardless of your beliefs on same sex relations, you have no right to attack someone for it physically.

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