Transgender Woman Pushed Onto NY Subway Tracks in Possible Hate Crime, Police Say

PHOTO: The New York Police Department says that a man pushed a woman onto the tracks from a train platform in Greenwich Village in New York City on June 1, 2015.PlayWABC
WATCH Transgender Woman Pushed Onto New York City Subway Tracks

An incident involving a transgender woman who was pushed onto subway tracks in a New York City subway station is being investigated as a possible hate crime, the New York Police Department said today.

The victim, 28, was on the platform of a southbound 6 train on Lafayette and Bleecker streets when she was approached Monday by a male suspect "acting erratically,” the NYPD said in a statement.

The suspect asked her, "What are you looking at?" police said, adding that he then removed an empty plastic bottle from a garbage pail, which he threw at the victim before pushing her from behind onto the tracks.

The suspect then fled, and a fellow rider helped the woman get back up to the platform, according to police, adding she was taken to Bellevue Hospital where she was treated and released.

PHOTO: The New York Police Department says that this man pushed a woman onto the tracks from a train platform in Greenwich Village in New York City on June 1, 2015.WABC
The New York Police Department says that this man pushed a woman onto the tracks from a train platform in Greenwich Village in New York City on June 1, 2015.

The NYPD said it is offering up to $2,500 for anyone who can provide information regarding the suspect, who remains unidentified and at large.

The New York City Anti-Violence Project, which provides support and advocacy for the local LGBTQ+ community, said in a statement today it would be engaging in outreach Friday in response to the incident.