Riding the subway in New York City is always an adventure. You might see some of the strangest things, from a person peeing on the train to incredibly disturbing acts of violence. Yet, through all of the chaos, there’s still more good than bad, because, at the end of the day, it is New Yorkers that are the true superheroes. Take for example this latest story in which another racist person went off on someone on the train and a Dominican man stepped up the only way he could.
On the morning of Dec. 12, a packed train witnessed a Anna Lushchinskaya, 40, racially assaulting a young student on her way to school. The entire incident was captured on video by Juan Ayala.
The Lushchinskaya began verbally assaulting the young student for no apparent reason and then began to hit her. The video starts with the woman yelling “F*ck off” repeatedly as the young woman.
“I’m lucky that she didn’t have anything like weapons on her — like knife, gun — because it could have got a lot worse,” the victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told ABC7. “I’m lucky that people were on the train who were helping me, especially the first Asian guy who stood in front of me right away because he wasn’t recording. He just stood in front of me to help me, because I know other people were recording, but their recording didn’t do anything until later on when it escalated.”
It’s when the situation intensified that Ayala stopped recording and intervened.
Ayala claims that Lushchinskaya tried to attack him, so he restrained her on the platform until the police arrived.
According to ABC7, Lushchinskaya has now been charged by the police. She has had prior altercations with people on the train, including pepper-spraying a man.
NYPD thanked Ayala for stepping in and helping the girl that was being attacked.
ARRESTED: 40 year-old Anna Lushchinskaya was arrested by officers from Transit District 34 in Brooklyn and charged with felony assault in this case- Thank you to everyone who intervened and provided information https://t.co/UjCpEW49i4
— NYPD Transit (@NYPDTransit) December 13, 2018
“It’s something that can almost be traumatizing, honestly,” Ayala said to ABC7. “It’s not a situation that anybody should be involved in, especially a little girl.”