A group of at least eight people were filmed riding subway cars as they crossed the Williamsburg Bridge in New York amid a rise in crime across the city.
The shocking incident happened Friday on a J train as it headed to Brooklyn’s Marcy Avenue station from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, according to the New York Post.
Footage shows the group of subway surfers, mostly dressed in black, sprinting in the same direction as the train, with some preferring to sit between the passenger carriages.
One of the band members was seen dancing on the roof of the train while another briefly ran in the opposite direction of the train.
On Friday, a group of at least eight subway surfers were seen on the roof of a train on the J line to Brooklyn
The daredevils were seen running and sitting dangerously between passenger cars as the train crossed the Williamsburg Bridge
The group’s video appears to have been recorded from high-rise buildings near the bridge.
The NYPD said it has been made aware of the incident and the group of eight could face charges of trespassing and reckless endangerment.
“We don’t recommend people get on top of the subway train,” a sergeant told the New York Post.
It is still unclear whether metro users were affected by the incident.
DailyMail.com contacted the MTA and NYPD for updates Sunday morning.
The stunt appeared to be recorded from the rooftops of high-rise buildings on the Lower East Side
The suspects mostly wore black and remain unidentified as of Sunday morning
Group could be charged with trespassing and reckless endangerment, NYPD says
Big Apple subway cars can go up to 80 km/h between stations far apart, according to The gothamist.
The average speed of trains on Line J is 15.4 miles per hour compared to the 17.4 miles per hour of the overall subway system, the local outlet further reported.
The incident comes just after police arrested a man who was seen on surveillance video throwing a 52-year-old woman onto subway tracks in the Bronx in a random attack on June 5.
The suspect has been identified as Theodore Ellis, 30, of the Bronx, who faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment, an NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
Ellis told police he was drunk and “didn’t realize his strength” when he threw a woman onto the subway tracks, ABC7 News reported.
The victim, whose name has not been released, suffered a broken collarbone, as well as numerous cuts and bruises.
She was rushed to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and is said to be in stable condition. It is still not known if the victim was still in the hospital on Sunday morning.
At the time of the incident, no train was approaching the station and other commuters were able to help the woman back onto the platform.
Theodore Ellis, 30, allegedly pushed a woman on subway tracks in the Bronx on June 7. He was arrested Tuesday after an eagle-eyed MTA employee recognized him from a wanted poster and reported cops.
He is suspected of randomly pushing a woman on Bronx subway tracks
The attack is the latest in a long string to occur recently on the New York City subway, despite Mayor Eric Adams’ promise to get tough on crime.
Transit crime in New York skyrocketed in 2022 compared to 2021, with a 54% increase. New York Mayor Eric Adams, who was a former cop elected on a promise to stop crime in the city, has come under fire along with the NYPD for their failure to do so.
According to NYPD data, while murders and shootings are down nearly 9 and 7 percent, respectively, from a year ago, overall crime is up nearly 40 percent so far in 2022.
This includes a whopping 39.5% increase in robberies, a 19% increase in felony assaults, and a 16% increase in rapes.
Transit crimes are the highest, however, at around 54 (53.6) per cent – with 989 reported up to June 6, 2022, compared to 644 reported in the same period last year.
Last week, Mayor Adams railed against prosecutors and judges for freeing alleged shooters, allowing them to unleash more gunfire in New York, saying “the bad guys don’t take them seriously anymore.”
At a press conference with NYPD officials in Brooklyn, Adams praised cops for being ‘laser focused on shooters’ and making arrests, but demanded ‘the other team do their part’ .
“The courts must prosecute. The judges have to make sure they stay inside,” he said.
‘Everyone has to do their part. Otherwise, they go out and come back.
First five months of 2022 see four subway homicides
Sunday’s shooting of Goldman Sachs researcher Daniel Enriquez, 48, marked the fourth New York City subway homicide this year.
January: The first occurred in January, Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, was fatally pushed onto the subway tracks at Times Square station by a homeless man, Martial Simon, 61.
He fled the scene, but surrendered after the attack.
He was charged with second degree murder, but was found unfit to stand trial.
March: Barbara Gustern, 87, a Broadway singing coach, was pushed onto the runways by Lauren Pazienza, 26, of Long Island, who was charged with manslaughter and assault.
Pazienza fled the scene that day and was on the run for 11 days before turning himself in after Gustern’s death.
She has since pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.
April: Two men fought near the turnstiles at the east end of Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer station in Queens when a man pulled out a gun and shot him twice in the chest and once in the groin, Marcus Bethea, 24 years old. .
He was rushed to a local hospital, but died shortly afterwards.