Man kicked onto subway tracks recovering

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Abu Khan, 64, limped into his Queens home on Monday after being released from the hospital.

The postal worker was kicked onto the subway tracks while waiting for his train on Sunday afternoon at Penn Station.

“I said I’m going to die anytime; the train’s going to come,” he recalled. “[The suspect] go by the wall and kicked me in the back and I was thrown onto the track.”

The NYPD is searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a subway assault in New York City on March 3, 2024, according to police.
The NYPD is searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a subway assault in New York City on March 3, 2024, according to police. (Credit: NYPD)

Khan suffered head injuries, causing bleeding in his brain, as well as injuries to his back and leg.

The suspect ran off after the unprovoked attack, police said.

Khan, a husband and father, grew emotional while talking to NewsNation local affiliate PIX11 on Monday.

“My kids, who take care of them if I die?” he wondered.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and MTA officials said they share these concerns after a deadly and dangerous year so far in the subway system.

“This is very much top of mind. Statistically, things are not as bad as they’ve been. That doesn’t help anyone feel better,” Hochul said.

Transit crime is up 13% year to date, according to the NYPD, but fear for many passengers is higher.

“This is a top priority, the safety of our customers and workers,” the MTA’s Chief of External Relations John McCarthy said.

Just last week, an MTA conductor was slashed in the neck. Doctor Patrick McGrory was on board the train and saved his life. The conductor, Alton Scott, almost bled out after a blade nearly severed the ceratoid artery.

“It was a very close call, he’s lucky,” McGrory said.

It was an emotional reunion for each of them on Monday as the wounded conductor contemplates his future with the MTA and his mortality.

“God bless you. You’re a good man; you’re my angel,” Scott said to the doctor.

On Wednesday, Hochul, MTA, and city officials are expected to unveil their latest plan to deter crime throughout the transit system.

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