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‘By the grace of God that she sustained only minor injuries’: Deranged man shoves woman into path of oncoming NYC subway

‘By the grace of God that she sustained only minor injuries’: Deranged man shoves woman into path of oncoming NYC subway

In two terrifying seconds, a Manhattan subway rider’s worst nightmare became a mass transit miracle. A deranged homeless man with a running start shoved an unsuspecting woman in front of an oncoming subway train Thursday in the Union Square station, with the helpless victim improbably landing in the roadbed between the tracks and emerging intact after two of the 70,000-pound cars passed over her. Advertisement Video of the attack shows an unhinged Aditya Vemulapati, 24, pacing up and down the platform, sizing up the victim and then violently pushing the woman from behind with both hands in...

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Three girls missing from Bronx group home for emotionally traumatized children

Three girls missing from Bronx group home for emotionally traumatized children

Three girls have gone missing from a Bronx group home for emotionally traumatized children, police said Wednesday. Antoinette Hamilton, 12, Marcayla Gardner, 12, and Annaya Fryer, 11, left the Henry Ittleson Center in Riverdale around 8 p.m. on Tuesday and haven’t been seen since, cops said. Advertisement Authorities believe the pre-teens left the Iselin Ave. facility near Grosvenor Ave. together. The Henry Ittleson Center is a residential treatment facility for emotionally traumatized children, according to the group home’s website. Advertisement All three girls are Black. Antoinette is...

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'One of the brightest lights in jazz piano’: Renowned Japanese jazz pianist attacked by teens in NYC subway station

'One of the brightest lights in jazz piano’: Renowned Japanese jazz pianist attacked by teens in NYC subway station

A renowned Japanese jazz pianist was brutally attacked after bumping into a group of teens at a Harlem subway station, authorities said. Tadataka Unno, 40, was leaving the W. 135th station near St. Nicholas Park around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 and tried to get around a group of teens blocking the exit turnstile. One of the girls pushed him, claiming that the musician had bumped into her, cops said. Advertisement “My girl is pregnant!” her boyfriend screamed, as he repeatedly punched Unno in the head, police said. The musician, known to friends as Tada, tried to scramble out of the station but...

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Shooting suspect who vowed not to go back to jail dies in shootout with cops in Queens, police say

Shooting suspect who vowed not to go back to jail dies in shootout with cops in Queens, police say

“I’ve been in jail and I ain’t going back” he wrote on social media — and by pulling two guns and firing on cops on Thursday, he kept that promise, authorities said. Tyran Dent, 24 — sought for shooting four people — died in a blaze of police gunfire in a suburban part of Queens, said cops. Advertisement NYPD Warrants Squad officers were staking out a house in Laurelton where a relative of the suspect lived, said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan. The officers hoped to bring in Dent for a shooting Sept. 20 that injured four people but did not result in any fatalities, Monahan said....

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Manhattan subway train derails after laughing saboteur throws metal clamps on tracks: police sources

Manhattan subway train derails after laughing saboteur throws metal clamps on tracks: police sources

A Manhattan subway train derailed Sunday morning after a maniacal, laughing vandal tossed metal clamps onto the tracks, police sources said. The uptown A train was about 50 feet into the 14th St. station in the West Village when it ran into the metal tie plates, also known as D plates, at 8:14 a.m. Advertisement Three passengers suffered minor injuries. One refused medical attention, another was treated at the scene and the third was taken to Bellevue Hospital for further treatment, officials said. The plates are normally used to secure tracks to the roadbed. Police sources said the ones...

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Tree toppled by Tropical Storm Isaias crushes, kills man sitting in car in Queens

Tree toppled by Tropical Storm Isaias crushes, kills man sitting in car in Queens

A contractor sitting in his van in Queens was crushed to death by a falling tree during Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday, officials said. The massive oak came crashing down on the white work van, landing across the car’s roof, on 84th Drive near Smedley St. in Briarwood about 1 p.m. Advertisement Mario Siles, 59, died at the scene, authorities said. “There was a boom,” said Cristian Lopez, the super at the Winston Apartments. “The tree came down and crushed everything.” Advertisement “He was a contractor doing work for us,” Lopez said. “He was renovating an apartment on the six floor after...

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Orthodox Jewish man bashed in Brooklyn hate crime attack: NYPD

Orthodox Jewish man bashed in Brooklyn hate crime attack: NYPD

Three strangers pummeled an Orthodox Jewish man after the victim flipped them off during a rage-fueled exchange at a Brooklyn street corner that cops are probing as a possible hate crime, officials said Thursday. The 51-year-old victim was crossing Kings Highway near E. 26th St. in Midwood — just steps from New York Community Hospital — about 3 p.m. on July 11 when two black men and a Hispanic man in a silver SUV rolled past, officials said. Advertisement One of the men in the SUV yelled “F----- Jew!” at the man, who in turn flipped them the bird, cops said. Outraged, the driver of the SUV...

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NYPD subpoenaed phone records of NYC reporter in search find department leaks: attorney

NYPD subpoenaed phone records of NYC reporter in search find department leaks: attorney

The NYPD subpoenaed the phone records of a New York reporter in its hunt to plug the department’s media leaks during the arrest of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. last year, a letter shared with the Daily News claims. After allegedly acquiring the records of a freelance Daily Mail reporter, NYPD Internal Affairs officers brought in an NYPD cop whose number was found in them. They then questioned the cop July 6 “under threat of suspension” to see if he knew anything about a leaked mug shot of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. when he was arrested on sexual abuse and forcible touching charges last summer....

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‘Turn yourselves in now!‘: Trump says vandals who defaced Washington Square Park statues face 10 years in prison

‘Turn yourselves in now!‘: Trump says vandals who defaced Washington Square Park statues face 10 years in prison

President Trump weighed in on the masked vandals who threw paint-filled balloons at two statues of George Washington in Greenwich Village, calling the duo “anarchists” who will face up to 10 years in prison when they are caught. “We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “We have them on tape. They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act.” Advertisement “Turn yourselves in now!” the president demanded. Two George Washington statues, part of...

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Cop who placed man in chokehold on Queens boardwalk expected to face criminal charges: sources

Cop who placed man in chokehold on Queens boardwalk expected to face criminal charges: sources

The NYPD cop who placed a man in an apparent chokehold on a Queens boardwalk is expected to face criminal charges for the banned maneuver, police sources tell the Daily News. Officer David Afanador is expected to surrender to authorities Thursday to face charges of strangulation and attempted aggravated strangulation — both felonies, multiple police sources said. Advertisement The state’s newly passed Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act makes it a felony to use a chokehold to subdue a suspect. Afanador and other officers pinned 35-year-old Ricky Bellevue to the ground in Rockaway Beach Sunday...

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Two sisters face charges for throwing Molotov cocktail at cops during Brooklyn George Floyd protest

Two sisters face charges for throwing Molotov cocktail at cops during Brooklyn George Floyd protest

A pair of sisters from a sleepy upstate New York town are facing charges for hurling a Molotov at cops during a Brooklyn protest over the police custody death of George Floyd. Samantha Shader, 27, will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District for lobbing a lit bottle of alcohol at a police van parked near the Brooklyn Museum around 11:30 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Advertisement The improvised explosive struck the driver’s side of the van and the four 71st Precinct cops inside managed to escape as the vehicle caught fire, authorities said. “It is by the grace...

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Upper East Side woman stabs roommate for criticizing her boozing during coronavirus shutdown: cops

Upper East Side woman stabs roommate for criticizing her boozing during coronavirus shutdown: cops

A woman stuck in her Upper East Side apartment during the coronavirus shutdown stabbed her roommate who had the nerve to criticize her excessive drinking, authorities said Wednesday. Daria Alabyeva, 27, got into a heated quarrel about 8:30 p.m. April 19 when her 30-year-old roomie accused her of drinking too much inside their apartment on E. 86th St. near Second Ave., cops said. Advertisement As their quarrel escalated the roommate grabbed Alabyeva’s glass of booze and threw it into the sink, shattering it, cops said. Alabyeva went berzerk and allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed...

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NYC moving 6,000 homeless with coronavirus to hotels, Mayor de Blasio says

NYC moving 6,000 homeless with coronavirus to hotels, Mayor de Blasio says

About 6,000 homeless New Yorkers who are suffering from coronavirus or are at risk of getting the disease are going to taken out of shelters and put into hotels, Mayor de Blasio announced Saturday. “We think it is the right balance to strike to make sure that they get what they need and be safe,” the mayor said during a press conference from City Hall. “We will use those hotels aggressively as a tool to support homeless individuals, to strike the right balance in our shelters to make sure people who need to be isolated are isolated." Advertisement The move from shelters to hotels should be...

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