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Man Arrested for Groping, Pushing Woman Onto Subway Tracks, NYPD Says

By Maya Rajamani | April 17, 2017 12:00pm
 Kimani Stephenson, 24, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault and sexual abuse, officials said.
Kimani Stephenson, 24, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault and sexual abuse, officials said.
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MANHATTAN — A man who pushed a woman onto the subway tracks after she yelled at him for groping her on the platform at the 14th Street F/M train station was arrested and charged with attempted murder, police said.

Police captured Kimani Stephenson, 24, a resident of Alphabet City's Lillian Wald Houses, around 3 a.m. Sunday after receiving a tip from someone who’d seen surveillance footage of him, the NYPD said.

His 22-year-old victim was standing on the northbound F/M train platform at West 14th Street and Sixth Avenue around 4:10 a.m. on Friday when he approached her from behind and grabbed her chest and groin, according to the NYPD and a criminal complaint filed with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

After the woman yelled at him to stop, Stephenson pushed her onto the tracks, leaving her with a broken wrist, a dislocated shoulder and a contusion on her left thigh, police and the DA’s office said.

Surveillance footage from the station shows Stephenson walking toward the platform about 20 seconds before the woman walked over and then leaving minutes after the incident, the complaint said.

Stephenson, who identified himself as the man in the footage, was charged with first degree assault, second degree assault, attempted murder and sexual abuse, the DA’s office said.

He’s currently being held at the Manhattan Detention Complex and is expected to appear in court on April 21, city Department of Correction records show.

The alleged victim told the Daily News that three passengers pulled her back onto the platform after the attack.

“I told [Stephenson] to f--- off and he pushed me onto the train tracks," Bonnie Currie told the paper. “It’s that nightmare every woman has in New York — and it happened."

Currie had wrist surgery and was treated for her other injuries at Lenox Hill Hospital, the News reported.

An attorney for Stephenson did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.