The deranged homeless man accused of shoving an innocent straphanger onto Manhattan subway tracks as a train pulled into the station was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Friday.
Aditya Vemulapati, 24, was arraigned on charges of attempted murder in the second-degree, attempted assault in the first-degree, assault in the second-degree and first-degree reckless endangerment during the virtual Manhattan Criminal Court hearing.
Authorities say surveillance video captured Vemulapati attack the unsuspecting 40-year-old woman while she waited for a train at 14th Street-Union Square station at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Vemulapati, who was seen pacing the platform, allegedly ran up behind the woman and pushed her onto the tracks just as a No. 5 train entered the station.
Miraculously, the victim was not seriously injured since she landed between the row bed and the rails.
Vemulapati was arrested at the scene.
“This case is a strong case. The defendant attempted to kill a stranger on a subway platform yesterday morning,” a prosecutor told Judge Keisha Espinal during the arraignment. “The only reason she is alive is because she landed between the tracks and the train was able to pass over her.”
The prosecutor noted that there were “several eyewitnesses,” as well as “video evidence” and that Vemulapati “admitted to pushing her in front of the train.”
Vemulapati, who has only been in New York for the past few months, has no prior arrests with the NYPD, but has a history of arrests in Illinois, Missouri and Florida, which include violations of orders of protections and failures to appear in court, according to prosecutors.
He still has an open burglary case in Florida, prosecutors said.
The judge said Vemulapati poses a “risk of flight” and ordered him remanded.
Ahead of the arraignment just before 5 p.m., Vemulapati virtually appeared before Espinal earlier in the day, but at that time he did not consent to the virtual appearance.
Vemulapati’s alleged victim, Liliana Sagbaicela, was at home recovering Friday after the traumatic incident.
“I saw in the video, the man — oh my, God, I can’t believe it,” Sagbaicela, a married mom of two daughters, told 1010 WINS Friday. “Is this happening? Now I understand why everybody and the police say to me, ‘You are alive for the miracles. You are a miracle.”
The victim suffered a gash to her head that required several stitches.
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