NYPD cop is assaulted at Brooklyn subway station on the first day of solo patrols instituted by Mayor Eric Adams as crime surges in the Big Apple
- A transit police officer was assaulted on the first day of Mayor Eric Adams’ new plan to decrease subway crime
- The plan involved increasing solo patrols for subway stations
- Now, Adams is rethinking the plan after the assault occurred
- Transit crime has risen over the past year
An NYPD transit officer was assaulted in Brooklyn on the first full day cops were instructed to patrol some subway stations alone, police say.
The officer was assaulted at the Pennsylvania Avenue station on Tuesday at approximately 6.45pm after telling the suspect to put out a cigarette he was smoking on the platform.
24-year-old Alex Eremin, who has a history of altercations with law enforcement, threw himself down the southbound platform staircase after the cop confronted him over the cigarette.
When the officer tried to administer aid to Eremin, the suspect allegedly tried to drag the officer down the rest of the staircase while making attempts to grab the cop’s gun.
Alex Eremin, 24, is suspected of assaulting a transit police officer on Tuesday at a subway station in Brooklyn
NYPD statistics show that transit crime has increased while other categories of crime have fallen
After subduing the suspect, Eremin was taken into custody and charged with several offenses, including resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. He was subsequently taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Solo subway patrols by NYPD officers began on Tuesday following a plan set forth by New York City mayor Eric Adams. The aim was to lower crime by increasing the number of cops patrolling the subway system.
The new plan was introduced after a spike in subway-related crime. According to police statistics, crime on the subway has shot up 39% over the last month.
On Tuesday, the same day Adams announced the new plan, a man slashed a woman with a knife at the Fulton Street subway station in Manhattan.
NYPD police officers are seen here patrolling the Grand Central station in Manhattan
Last Friday, a man was pushed onto the tracks at Grand Central subway station. The previous Sunday, a 16-year-old was stabbed in the face by two suspects while waiting for a train in Brooklyn.
But after the incident involving the lone officer in Brooklyn, Adams appears to be rethinking his plan.
‘The mayor indicated that the deployment plan will be modified so that there are two police officers on every train patrol,’ a spokesperson for the Police Benevolent Association told New York Post.