Teen iPhone Muggers Shoved Elderly Man Onto Subway Tracks, Police Say

By Patrick Hedlund on February 23, 2012 6:22pm 

Two teens were charged with attempted murder for pushing an 81-year-old man onto the J train tracks in Williamsburg after stealing his iPhone on Feb. 17, police said.
Two teens were charged with attempted murder for pushing an 81-year-old man onto the J train tracks in Williamsburg after stealing his iPhone on Feb. 17, police said.
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BROOKLYN — A pair of teens was charged with attempted murder for heartlessly pushing an elderly man onto the train tracks of a Williamsburg subway station after stealing his iPhone last week, police said.

The two muggers, Jaqua Sowells, 17, and Taheen Herkul, 15, were also charged with robbery and felony assault in the Feb. 17 attack on the platform of the Lorimer Street J train station, the NYPD said.

Sowells allegedly stole the 81-year-old victim’s iPhone on the platform about 11:45 a.m., and Herkul shoved him onto the tracks after the man gave chase, police said.

Both teens live at the same Manhattan Avenue address, located just blocks from the subway station, police added.

The victim was taken to Woodhull Hospital in stable condition.

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