A suspect is in custody for allegedly beating woman over the head and dragging her unto the subway tracks, according to Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials.
CBS News reports William Clark is being charged with assault, robbery, theft and reckless endangerment after a video showed the midday attack. Heather Redfern, the SEPTA spokeswoman. The suspect is thought to be between 25 and 30 years old.
The attack took place at a station in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, when Clark hit the 23-year-old woman, pulled her off a bench, and dragging her toward the tracks. She manages to stand at the edge of the platform just before he hurls her off.
“I started trying to fight him back as much as I could,” the unidentified victim told CNN affiliate KYW. “After it was over, the first thing that popped in my head was my son.”
She “managed to climb off the tracks, suffering only minor bruises and scrapes,” Redfern,said.
After the attack, Clark, who is thought to be homeless, took the victim’s cell phone and left the subway station.
Police took him into custody Thursday and are trying to seek a motive, though they believe he is mentally unstable.