EAST HARLEM — A man who shouted “I hate white people” before trying to push a straphanger onto the subway tracks has been charged with a hate crime and attempted murder, the NYPD said.
Gary Weeks, 51, was at the Lexington Avenue-125th Street Subway Station on Nov. 21 around 1 p.m. when he tried to shove a 28-year-old white man on the tracks during a racially charged rant.
The victim was on the northbound 4/5 platform waiting for the train to arrive when Weeks tried to push him onto the track as a train was approaching the station, police said.
Both men struggled and the victim was able to prevent himself from falling while other commuters began pointing and yelling at Weeks, according to a criminal complaint and a police report.
The victim was not injured, and Weeks was arrested at the scene.
He was remanded to Rikers Island and charged with first-degree attempted assault as a hate crime and first-degree attempted murder as a hate crime.
He is due back in court on Dec. 14. His lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.