Suspected NYC subway shover Derrick Mills who was accused of pushing grandpa, 74, onto tracks for making eye contact is perp-walked through a train station
- Police have identified the suspect who shoved an elderly man onto the subway tracks
- Derrick Mills, 49, was pictured after his arrest being publicly escorted through a subway station surrounded by law enforcement
- The mentally-ill homeless man has been charged with assault
Derrick Mills, 49, is suspected of shoving 74-year-old Trevor Crawford off a subway platform and onto the tracks because he was ‘angry’ that the victim ‘stared in his direction.’
Crawford was on his way home from his job at a parking garage on Fifth Avenue when he was allegedly attacked by the mentally ill homeless man.
Mills has since been arrested for the outrageous attack after police found him Thursday afternoon.
Hours later, a group of law enforcement officers escorted Derrick Mills through Union Square Station as subway commuters watched the perp-walk unfold.
It’s unclear why officers chose to walk Mills through the station after his arrest.
Mills confessed to the crime when asked about it by law enforcement and he was charged with assault, according to the New York Post.
Outside of the subway station, a handcuffed Mills was met with more police officers as the public watched his arrest.
Police found the suspect thanks to a New Yorker who recognized him from surveillance footage of Mills walking on the subway platform.
The suspect was described as being 5-feet 9-inches, around 200lbs and last seen wearing a black polo with brown pants and brown sneakers. Mills had since changed outfits and was pictured wearing black pants, a grey T-shirt and a flannel jacket at the time of his public arrest.
The shocking assault left Crawford – who, according to his family, weighs just 118 lbs and stands at only 5-feet 7-inches tall – with five shattered ribs and pelvic injuries.
The random attack took place at the 68th Street-Hunter College subway station as Crawford waited for the 6 train to arrive around 12.15am Tuesday morning.
MTA workers were able to pull Crawford to safety on the platform before a train approached. Mills fled after the attack.
The victim’s granddaughter, Kerry-Ann Martin told PIX 11 that he still has a palm print on his chest from where he was pushed.
Crawford is a father of three, with five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Martin, his granddaughter said he is a ‘feisty’ man who ‘never looks for trouble’.
‘His day is coming, that’s it, you don’t just go around hurting people, we’re all human beings, we’re all supposed to take care of each other just like the animals take care of each other,’ Martin said.
‘You watch the pride, the lion pride, everybody has their job, everybody is different, different race, different color, but that’s what makes us special. You hurt an elder…I hope the police catch up with him, that’s all I have to say,’ Martin added.
Colleagues at the parking garage where he works said he is the ‘perfect guy’.
‘It is horrible, for a man his age. Working all day long, trying to go home with his family. [sig] mind his own business – and to get pushed on the train.
‘Man, that is unacceptable,’ said James, one of his manager’s.
According to police, a total of ten people have been pushed onto subway tracks this year already.
It is Mills’ second assault charge, as he was charged in connection to an incident that happened in 2000.
It’s unclear whether Mills was convicted of the charges he faced in 2000.