It’s every New Yorker’s worst nightmare. On Monday, Oct. 4, as Lenny Javier was waiting for the subway, video shows 29-year-old Anthonia Egegbara lunge at her, shoving her with full force toward the oncoming train. A few moments earlier and Javier would be dead; luckily, she survived with a broken nose, fractured jaw and other traumas.
The victim was random. The attacker was not.
In fact, Egegbara’s history of alleged violence and severe mental illness perfectly matches many attackers who have contributed to the city’s crime underground and above. A diagnosed schizophrenic, she was charged and released on July 5 with a third-degree assault in Harlem that left her victim with a black eye, broken nose and a knocked-out tooth. Egegbara had received multiple assault charges over the past decade, as well as other arrests including grand larceny and criminal mischief.
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