Thug is charged with attempted murder for shoving 35-year-old woman into moving NYC


A man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was shoved into a moving subway car leaving her with a broken neck and spine. 

Kamal Samrade, 39, of Queens has been charged with attempted murder and assault in connection to the attack on 35-year-old Emine Ozsoy, who was hurled into the train pulling out of Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street station early on Sunday.

Ozsoy is in critical condition after the horrific attack while she was on her way to work after her spine was broken and face slashed to the bone. There is a possibility she might not walk again. 

Suspect Samrade was caught smiling as he was led out of the NYPD Transit Bureau in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon wearing a gray t-shirt and blue Nike shorts. 

Nancy Marrero, 45, of Long Island City, witnessed the attack and said the victim was walking down the subway platform, fixing her hair before she saw a man suddenly grab her head and push it into the side of the departing train.

‘She didn’t even see it coming. With open palms he just mushed her head — not her body — into the train. She just tumbled, just kept spinning because the train kept hitting her,’ Marrero told the New York Post. 

Kamal Samrade, 39, of Queens has been charged with attempted murder and assault

Kamal Samrade, 39, of Queens has been charged with attempted murder and assault

Emine Ozsoy was shoved into a NYC subway car which left her in critical condition with a broken spine

Emine Ozsoy was shoved into a NYC subway car which left her in critical condition with a broken spine 

Marrero added: ‘She just kept asking me, “Am I going to die?”‘ 

Today NYC Transit President Richard Davey said: ‘The NYPD acted quickly, using pictures from MTA cameras, to arrest a suspect and start delivering justice to the victim, who is in our thoughts at this terrible time. It’s now up to prosecutors to pursue maximum consequences available under the law.

‘It’s now up to prosecutors to pursue maximum consequences available under the law.’

Marrero told The Post that Ozsoy immediately said she didn’t know her attacker — or what had just transpired following the attack. 

‘I was like, “Do you know him?”‘ Marrero said. 

‘She was like, “I don’t even know what happened.” I said, “A gentleman just shoved your head into the train.”‘

‘She was like, “Oh my God, I don’t — I don’t even… I can’t even remember what happened.”

Ozsoy was on her way to work at the time of the attack.  

‘You could see the white inside, that’s how bad it was,’ the postal worker said of the resulting gash that laced its way down the woman’s bloody face. 

‘She said, “I don’t feel my arms. I feel like they’re broken.”‘

Marrero said the suspect did not appear to be homeless or dirty looking. She says the attack left her traumatized. 

‘When I got home that evening, I was in tears because I just kept seeing her face, seeing how he just mushed her into that train,’ Marrero said.

‘I am so frightened, and my son is frightened for me for when I have to leave in the morning to go to work,’ Marrero said. 

‘Now I keep my back against anything I can. I’m traumatized.’

Kamal Samrade is led out of NYPD Transit Bureau District 1, Manhattan, New York. 23 May 2023

Kamal Samrade is led out of NYPD Transit Bureau District 1, Manhattan, New York. 23 May 2023

Cops lead Kamal Samrade out of NYPD Transit Bureau District 1, Manhattan, New York. 23 May 2023a after he was charged with attempted murder

Cops lead Kamal Samrade out of NYPD Transit Bureau District 1, Manhattan, New York. 23 May 2023a after he was charged with attempted murder

Samrade appears to turn his head away from waiting photographers after he's led out of the NYPD Transit Bureau District 1, Manhattan, New York. 23 May 2023

Samrade appears to turn his head away from waiting photographers after he’s led out of the NYPD Transit Bureau District 1, Manhattan, New York. 23 May 2023

GoFundme page for the Turkish immigrant who lives in Jackson Heights described her as a ‘beautiful soul’, and said doctors had initially informed her friends she had a slim chance of recovering movement below the neck.

Shiv Patel, a friend and coworker who had set up the fundraiser for Ozsoy, wrote that she had gone against all odds to start moving her arms in hospital one day after the attack.

Patel’s page – which refers to the victim as Emine Yilmaz – said her medical expenses had already reached a six figure sum.

‘This fund is on behalf of Emine Yilmaz, a kind, beautiful soul who was tragically attacked on the New York City subway on her way to work,’ Patel wrote. 

‘Emine is a source of joy as a friend, colleague, and human being. She’s artistic, lighthearted, witty, and, above all, someone we consider family.

‘Doctors initially informed us she had a slim chance of recovering movement below the neck. In just one day, she challenged that prognosis by moving her arms. It is a huge step, but her road to recovery will be long and challenging. She’s a fighter and is already fighting to recover. She will get there, but she needs everyone’s help.

‘Her medical expenses have already reached six digits, and any donation will be gratefully accepted with an open heart.’ 

Patel continues: ‘If you are unable to make a donation, please consider sharing this link to get the word out, or even keeping Emine in your thoughts.’

The fundraiser has already raised $6,330 raised of $200,000 goal. 

‘No one should have to face such a horrifying tragedy, especially when simply trying to provide for themselves. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all truly for taking the time to read this,’ the post concluded.

Ozsoy fell backward onto the platform after her head was slammed into the train, leaving her with severe spinal injuries and lacerations to her head, authorities said. 

The attacker fled the scene on foot, heading toward the Second Avenue exit after the attack. 

The surveillance photos, released by police Sunday night, show the alleged attacker wearing a black shirt with a white rim, blue jeans and white sneakers. The man appears to be holding a cup of coffee while standing on the platform.

Kamal Samrade, 39, has been charged with attempted murder and assault in connection to the attack on the 35-year-old woman who was shoved into a subway car

Kamal Samrade, 39, has been charged with attempted murder and assault in connection to the attack on the 35-year-old woman who was shoved into a subway car

Emine Ozsoy, 35, is in critical condition after the horrific attack while she was walking on a downtown platform at the Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street station

Emine Ozsoy, 35, is in critical condition after the horrific attack while she was walking on a downtown platform at the Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street station 

A GoFundme page for the Turkish immigrant who lives in Jackson Heights described her as a 'beautiful soul'

A GoFundme page for the Turkish immigrant who lives in Jackson Heights described her as a ‘beautiful soul’ 

Emine Ozsoy suffered a fractured spine and may never walk again after being pushed into a moving subway car

Emine Ozsoy suffered a fractured spine and may never walk again after being pushed into a moving subway car 

The NYPD arrested the suspect, Kamal Samrade, 39, on Tuesday

The NYPD arrested the suspect, Kamal Samrade, 39, on Tuesday 

Kamal Samrade, 39, of Queens has been charged with attempted murder and assault

Kamal Samrade, 39, of Queens has been charged with attempted murder and assault

Police say the suspect is between 30-40 years old

The suspect is roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall

Emine Ozsoy, 35, was left with a broken neck and spine after a man shoved her into a moving subway car on Sunday

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

The NYPD claimed on Tuesday that there has been an 8.1 percent reduction in subway crime in 2023 thus far, including a 12.8 percent decrease in felony assaults.

‘With the exception of 2021, in the heart of the pandemic, this marks the third lowest year to the start of the year when it comes to subway crimes in recorded history,’ NYPD Deputy Chief Norman Grandstaff told the MTA board on Monday.

In 2023 so far, there have been three subway push to tracks, according to NYPD statistics. Overall, subway crime is actually down 8 percent this year. 

Earlier this month, a homeless man was killed by a former marine at a Broadway-Lafayette station when a passenger, 30, threateningly entered the subway car. 

The former marine, 24, then put him in a headlock until he was unconscious and died. 

Last summer, a 26-year-old pregnant woman was struck multiple times by man wielding a wrench in Manhattan, leaving victim badly-injured. 

27 people have been violently killed on the subway since March 2020, compared with an average of two a year in the five years before the pandemic began.

The NYPD revealed twenty-five people were shoved onto the subway tracks in New York City in 2022, killing at least two while others narrowly avoided death.

Lamale McRae, 41, randomly charged across the platform and knocked 32-year-old David Martin down into the tracks

Lamale McRae, 41, randomly charged across the platform and knocked 32-year-old David Martin down into the tracks

One such attack was that of David Martin, 32, who was walking down the Wyckoff and Myrtle Avenue subway station in Brooklyn when Lamale McRae, 41, randomly charged across the platform and knocked him down into the tracks.

The attack was caught in a terrifying video which showed McRae – a career criminal who had served 20 years in jail for attempted murder – calmly placing his bag down on the subway before launching himself after Martin and then fleeing.

Figures from the New York City Police Department obtained by DailyMail.com revealed that 2022 has had more subway pushings than there were in all of 2021.

Manhattan saw at least six shovings – including both fatalities. The Bronx and Brooklyn saw at least three pushings each, and Queens saw one. 

New York City’s subway crime rose by 30 percent in 2022. Multiple anti-crime initiatives were spurred by the rise in violence on a vital transit network. 

Mayor Eric Adams has increased transit police presence, spending $20 million more per month on overtime costs since January, according to Bloomberg.



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