Man Pushed Onto Platform, A grandfather critically injured in an attack by a homeless drunk on a Harlem subway platform is a churchgoing family man targeted for no apparent reason, cops and friends said Saturday.
Shou Kuan Lin, 72, remained unconscious with a skull fracture and broken collarbone 24 hours after he was shoved to the A train’s tracks as his wife watched helplessly, cops said.
“The whole family is extremely upset,” said the Chinese immigrant’s red-eyed daughter-in-law as her husband kept a bedside vigil with his sister and mother at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Lin, a retired garment factory worker, fought for his life as cops charged his white-bearded assailant with attempted murder and felony assault in the chilling Friday attack.
Rudralall Baldeo, 57, was charged Saturday with attempted murder and felony assault, police said.
Suspect Rudralall Baldeo, 57, had no address and no previous arrests by the NYPD, cops said.
“He’s a homeless person who pushed a stranger onto the subway tracks with no prior provocation,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Christopher Lin said as Baldeo was ordered held without bail late Saturday. “The probability of death in this case is high.”
Defense attorney Edda Ness said prosecutors “don’t actually have a witness who saw (Baldeo) push the victim onto the tracks” and that the homeless man does have “community contacts” that include two sons and a wife living in the city.
Police said Lin’s stunned wife pointed Baldeo out to cops, who arrested the alleged attacker on the platform.
Shou Kuan Lin, 72, was shoved on the subway tracks Friday at the W. 145th St. and St. Nicholas Ave. subway station in Harlem.
Lin and his wife, Yumei Li Lin, were taking the subway from Chinatown to their Amsterdam Ave. home when they apparently stopped to switch trains at the 145th St. and St. Nicholas Ave. station.
As the couple stood on the uptown platform, Baldeo slammed into Lin – sending the elderly man falling to the tracks below, cops said.
Good Samaritans rescued Lin from the trough before the train arrived.
“He is not out of danger,” said Eliyah Shira, pastor of the couple’s Chinatown church. “He is in the process of recovering, but he’s not really out of danger.”