NYPD cop is attacked in Brooklyn subway station on first day of solo patrols instituted by Mayor Eric Adams as crime ramps up in Big Apple
- A police officer was attacked on the first day of Mayor Eric Adams’ new plan to reduce crime on the subway
- The plan included increasing solo patrols for metro stations
- Now Adams is rethinking the plan after the attack happened
- Transit crime has risen over the past year
An NYPD transit officer was attacked in Brooklyn on the first day police were ordered to patrol only a few subway stations, police say.
The officer was attacked at the Pennsylvania Avenue station about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday after telling the suspect to put out a cigarette he was smoking on the platform.
Alex Eremin, 24, who has a history of altercations with law enforcement officers, threw himself off the south platform stairs after the officer confronted him with the cigarette.
When the officer tried to help Eremin, the suspect tried to drag the officer down the rest of the stairs while making attempts to grab the officer’s gun.
Alex Eremin, 24, is suspected of assaulting a transit police officer at a Brooklyn subway station on Tuesday
NYPD stats show transit crime has increased while other crime categories have fallen
After subduing the suspect, Eremin was taken into custody and charged with various offenses, including resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. He was then taken to a hospital for examination.
Solo subway patrols by NYPD officers began Tuesday under a plan by New York City Mayor Eric Adams. The goal was to reduce crime by increasing the number of officers patrolling the subway system.
The new plan was put in place after a spike in subway-related crime. According to police statisticssubway crime has increased by 39% in the past month.
On Tuesday, the same day Adams announced the new plan, a man stabbed a woman at the Fulton Street subway station in Manhattan with a knife.
NYPD cops patrol here at Grand Central station in Manhattan
Last Friday, a man was pushed onto the track at the Grand Central subway station. The Sunday before, 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 has indicated that the deployment plan will be adjusted so that there are two police officers on every train patrol,” a spokesman for the Police Benevolent Association told the New York Post.