An unhinged man who pushed a senior onto a Midtown subway track Wednesday was arrested hours after the incident following a systemwide transit search, authorities said.
Transit cops nabbed 30-year-old Brittan Jones of Pennsylvania after scouring the subway system for him after he allegedly shoved an 85-year-old man onto the tracks at around 5:40 a.m. at the West 47th Street and The Avenue of the Americas subway station, police sources said.
The incident took place on the southbound B and D lines after the suspect apparently got into a verbal argument with the commuter before he pushed him into the tracks. While Jones allegedly fled the scene, the victim was rushed to Mount Sinai West with a laceration to the left knee.
Police sources say members of the NYPD Transit district Public Safety team discovered Jones sitting on a bench on the mezzanine level of the same station where he purportedly assaulted the straphanger. Sources familiar with the investigation report that Jones is known to loiter in the station.
Jones was escorted out of Transit District 1 on Thursday morning in shackles where he refused to answer reporters’ questions regarding the crime.
Jones is charged with reckless endangerment and assault.