A 32-year-old homeless man faces a hate-crime attempted murder charge for allegedly pushing a transgender woman onto the subway tracks at a Greenwich Village station, authorities said Saturday.
The man, identified as Rolan Reid, was taken into custody sometime before midnight on Thursday at Bellevue Hospital, police said. He was charged with second-degree attempted murder and second- and third-degree assault. The charges were upgraded to hate crimes, investigators said.
The 28-year-old victim was on the southbound platform waiting for the 6 train at Lafayette and Bleecker streets in Greenwich Village Monday morning when she was approached by Reid, according to police.
He allegedly asked her "What are you looking at?," then ran to a garbage can, where he fished out an empty plastic bottle and threw it at her, according to police.
Reid pushed the woman onto the tracks, then ran away, police said.
The woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she was treated for cuts and bruises and released.
There was no information available on whether Reid had obtained the services of a lawyer who could comment on the charges.