A man nearly died after being hit in the head with a blow to his head on the New York City subway.
On Wednesday morning, November 1, a 28-year-old guy was the victim of an attack on the subway. He was waiting for a train at the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station when an assailant wielding a wooden stick struck him twice in the head, ABC7 reported.
Joseph Holder was left with bruises and stitches after police say a man crushed his head with a wooden plank. “I could barely see, my vision was blurry, my head was spinning. But I still managed to retain some consciousness to see around. And he was no longer there. Disappeared,” Holder said.
The 28-year-old has become the latest victim of a brutal, chaotic attack on the subway. He was waiting for a train at the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station on Wednesday morning, just after 10 o’clock, when an assailant wielding a wooden stick struck him twice. “I blacked out and he immediately pushed me – like within milliseconds,” adds Holder.
Holder fell onto the railroad tracks, blood gushing from the wound, and there was only one thing in his head. “If I didn’t get up right now, I was going to get hit by a train,” Holder says. “I was literally dead—I was literally that close to dying. So close”.
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Dazed and dazed, the guy managed to climb onto the platform without assistance, after which he lost consciousness and was rushed to Bellevue. “It’s just—I don’t know if it was my willpower or my soul—you’re not going to die right here. Just picked myself up,” adds Holder.
Deming Li, 42, was arrested on Thursday, just a day after the attack. He was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest. Holder says he was found at the same subway station where he now wants to see more police officers.
“They should be at the station. They should be there. This is one of the main stations that poses a danger,” Holder added.
Holder warns other passengers that anything can happen, so they need to be on guard at all times. In early October, a teenager carried out a series of similar attacks on passengers on the New York subway. He threw wooden planks from a moving train and hit four passengers waiting on the platform. As a result of the attack, two victims were hospitalized.