Kids dance on top of subway train as it travels over Williamsburg bridge in New York City
- A group of eight kids subway surfed a Brooklyn-bound J train on Saturday. Their identities remain unknown
- The suspects were seen break-dancing and ran in the same direction as the train
- Police are looking for the youngsters, who could now face charges for trespassing and reckless endangerment charges
- The train was traveling from Manhattan’s Lower East Side into Brooklyn
- Commuters said they were surprised as transit crimes having continue to rise
A group of eight kids danced on top of a moving subway train as it traveled over the Williamsburg bridge in New York City.
One of the kids filmed the others running, dancing, and sitting top of the silver car as it crossed the bridge into Brooklyn from Manhattan’s Lower East Side towards Marcy Avenue Station, according to the New York Post.
Footage shows the group of subway surfers, mostly wearing black, sprinting in the same direction as the train, with some preferring to sit in between passengers cars.
One of the group’s members was seen break dancing on the train’s roof while another briefly ran in the opposition direction of the train.
Despite the stunning views of the NYC skyline at sunset, the group could now be facing charges as police still search for them. The group of eight could face trespassing and reckless endangerment charges.
‘We don’t recommend that individuals ride on top of the subway train,’ a sergeant told the New York Post.
One of the eight kids that ran across a moving Brooklyn-bound J train filmed the group as they dangerously danced, ran, and sat on top of the train
The video shows the daredevils flying high above the commuters below as the sunset behind them
One of the girls, wearing a Harley Davison shirt, sat in-between passenger cars
In additional footage of the event, which seems to be recorded from high-rise buildings near the bridge, showed all the teens enjoying their joyride as shocked New Yorkers watched on.
It remains unclear if subway commuters were affected by the incident.
Many commuters were not shocked by the incident, as weird things happening on the subway is not an unusual sight as transit crimes continue to rise more tha n50 percent compared to last year.
One New Yorker called it ‘crazy,’ but another said it was something she’s seen previously.
‘The other day, when I was taking the train, the conductor say: “Get off the back off the back of the platform. Young man in the back get off the platform,” Megan Vega told NBC New York.
Another commuter Daniel Chacon told NBC New York: ‘People don’t realize how dangerous that stuff can be. And there’s this weird culture of trying to out-do people and do these outlandish things.’
A group of at least eight subway surfers were seen on the roof of a train on the J-line heading towards Brooklyn on Saturday
The daredevils were seen running and dangerously sitting between passengers cars as the train crossed the Williamsburg Bridge
Tim Casentini, another commuter, said he didn’t really care if a ‘couple of kids [were] having fun,’ but rather about the heightened crime.
‘What are you gonna do, put rails on top of the subway? It’s not gonna work,’ he said. ‘The subways have been feeling very unsafe lately and definitely that’s more my concern.’
It’s not the first time the NYPD has dealt with subway surfing. In 2015, three children were found riding the back of the uptown train. In 2019, another man was found riding outside the 5 train in Brooklyn, and in 2021, a 32-year-old man died after falling off the J train.
Hundreds of these types of incidents are reported yearly, NBC New York reported.
One of the videos was recorded from the rooftops of high-rise buildings located in the Lower East Side
The suspects were mostly wearing black and remain unidentified, as of Tuesday afternoon
The group could be charged with trespassing and reckless endangerment, the NYPD said
Subway cars in the Big Apple can go up to 50 miles per hour in-between stations that are far apart, according to The Gothamist.
The average speed for trains on the J-line is 15.4 miles per hour compared to the overall subway system’s 17.4 miles per hour, the local outlet further reported.
The incident comes just after police arrested a man who was seen on surveillance video tossing a 52-year-old woman onto the subway tracks in the Bronx in a random attack on June 5.
The suspect has been identified as Theodore Ellis, 30, of the Bronx, who faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment, an NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
Ellis told police that was drunk and he ‘didn’t realize his strength’ when he threw woman onto subway tracks, ABC7 News reported.
The victim, whose name was not released, suffered a broken collarbone, and many cuts and bruises.
She was rushed to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, and was said to be in stable condition. It remains unclear if the victim was still in the hospital, as of Sunday morning.
At the time of the incident, there was no train approaching the station, and other commuters were able to help the woman get back onto the platform.
Theodore Ellis, 30, allegedly pushed a woman onto the subway tracks in The Bronx on June 7. He was arrested Tuesday after an eagle-eyed MTA worker recognized him from a wanted poster and flagged down cops
He is suspected of randomly shoving a woman onto subway tracks in The Bronx
The attack is the latest of many to have occurred in the New York subway system recently, despite Mayor Eric Adams promising to crack down on crime.
Transit crime in New York has sky rocketed in 2022 compared to 2021, with a 54 per cent increase. New York Mayor Eric Adams, who was an ex-cop elected on a promise to stop crime in the city, has been slammed along with the NYPD for their failure to do so.
According to NYPD data, while murders and shooting are down nearly 9 and 7 per cent, respectively, from last year, overall crime is up nearly 40 per cent so far in 2022.
That includes a whopping 39.5 per cent rise in robberies, a 19 per cent increase in felony assaults and a 16 per cent increase in rapes.
Transit crimes are up the highest, though, at roughly 54 (53.6) per cent – with 989 reported through June 6, 2022, compared to 644 reported at the same time last year.
Last week, Mayor Adams fumed at prosecutors and judges for cutting loose suspected shooters, allowing them to unleash more gunfire in New York— saying the ‘bad guys no longer take them seriously.’
During a news conference with NYPD officials in Brooklyn, Adams praised cops for being ‘laser-focused on the shooters’ and making arrests but demanded that ‘the other team must do their part.’
‘The courts have to prosecute. Judges have to make sure they stay in,’ he said.
‘Everyone has to do their part. If not, they go out and come back.
First five months of 2022 see four homicides on board the subway
Sunday’s shooting of Daniel Enriquez, 48, a Goldman Sachs researcher marked the fourth homicide in the New York City subway systems this year.
January: The first occurred in January, Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, was fatally pushed onto the subway tracks at the Times Square station by a homeless man, Martial Simon, 61.
He fled the scene, but turned himself in after the attack.
He was charged with second-degree murder, but was deemed unfit to stand trial.
March: Barbara Gustern, 87, a Broadway singing coach, was pushed onto the tracks by Lauren Pazienza, 26, of Long Island, who was indicted on manslaughter and assault charges.
Pazienza fled the scene that day and was on the lam for 11 days before turning herself in following Gustern’s death.
She has since pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.
April: Two men got into a fight near the turnstiles at the eastern end of the Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer station in Queens, when one man pulled out a gun and shot 24-year-old Marcus Bethea twice in the chest and once in the groin.
He was rushed to a local hospital, but died shortly after.