A man was arrested for trying to push a commuter onto New York City subway tracks, according to reports.
The suspect, 51-year-old Gary Weeks, reportedly yelled: “I hate white people.” He made the statement before the attack, according to the New York Daily News.
Weeks, who lives in Queens, attempted to push a commuter at Monday at 2 p.m. inside the 4-5-6 subway station at 125th St. and Lexington Ave. in Manhattan, according to the report. Weeks walked up to the man and tried to shove him to the tracks.
The victim escaped as other people yelled at Weeks. The New York Post reported that another commuter helped the man as Weeks attacked him.
Weeks then shouted that he hates white people.
As police arrived and handcuffed him, he spat at one of the officers, the Daily News reported.
He now faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated harassment and obstruction of government administration.
According to the New York Post, Weeks was taken to New York’s Metropolitan Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. It pointed out that he was charged with attempted murder as a hate crime.
Earlier this month, a woman was arrested for pushing another woman onto subway tracks to her death at a Times Square subway station. Melanie Liverpool of Queens was charged with second degree murder.