‘Subway pusher’ convicted

Jose Rojas caught on a subway surveillance video.

Jose Rojas, 26, who was arrested and charged with felony assault in August of 2010 for intentionally pushing a woman into an oncoming subway train, was convicted of assault in the first degree today.

As proven in trial, on August 11, 2010, Rojas was drunk on the subway platform of the NR train at 28th Street. He approached several people waiting on the platform and harassed them. A few minutes later, he pushed Ute Linhart, the victim, from behind into an oncoming northbound train. After the attack, Rojas tried to make a run for it, but was stopped by bystanders who detained him until the police arrived. The victim suffered extensive injuries to her face, ribs, shoulders, as well as spinal damage. Rojas is expected to be sentenced on March 16.

“The victim endured every New Yorker’s nightmare, said District Attorney Cyrus Vance in a written statement. “The defendant’s actions caused the victim to suffer life-long injuries and nearly caused her death. I would like to thank the members of the jury for their service on this very serious case.”

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