A group of at least eight people were caught on camera surfing subway cars while traversing Williamsburg Bridge in New York City amid city wide crime increasing in the Big Apple.
The shocking moment took place on a J-train on Friday as it was heading towards Marcy Avenue station in Brooklyn from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, according to the New York Post.
Footage shows the group of subway surfers, mostly wearing black, sprinting in the same direction as the train, with some preferring to sit in between passengers cars.
One of the group’s members was seen impressively break dancing on the train’s roof while another briefly ran in the train’s opposition direction. It remains unknown as to why the daredevils were on the train’s roof in the first place and whether they were disciplined by the MTA and NYPD.
A group of at least eight subway surfers were seen on the roof of a train on the J-line heading towards Brooklyn on Friday
Video of the group seemed to be recorded from high-rise buildings near the bridge.
The NYPD said it has been informed of the incident and that the group of eight could face trespassing and reckless endangerment charges.
‘We don’t recommend that individuals ride on top of the subway train,’ a sergeant told The New York Post.
It remains unclear if subway commuters were affected by the incident.
DailyMail.com has contacted the MTA and NYPD for updates on Sunday morning.
The daredevils were seen running and dangerously sitting in between passengers cars as the train crossed the Williamsburg Bridge
Some members of the group ran to the end of one of the train’s cars to help a person
The stunt seemed to recorded from rooftops of high-rises located in the Lower East Side
The suspects were mostly wearing black and remain unidentified, as of Sunday morning
The group could be charged with trespassing and reckless endangerment, the NYPD said
Subway cars in the Big Apple can go up to 50 miles per hour in between stations that are far apart, according to The Gothamist.
The average speed for trains on the J-line is 15.4 miles per hour compared to the overall subway system’s 17.4 miles per hour, the local outlet further reported.
Last year, a man died while subway surfing on the J train when he fell onto the tracks and was crushed by the train as it entered Manhattan after a 1.7 mile ride across the Williamsburg Bridge.
The incident comes just after police arrested a man who was seen on surveillance video tossing a 52-year-old woman onto the 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 that was drunk and he ‘didn’t realize his strength’ when he threw woman onto subway tracks, ABC7 News reported.
The victim, whose name was not released, suffered a broken collarbone, and many cuts and bruises.
She was rushed to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, and was said to be in stable condition. It remains unclear if the victim was still in the hospital, as of Sunday morning.
At the time of the incident, there was no train approaching the station, and other commuters were able to help the woman get back onto the platform.
An NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com that Ellis’ rap sheet dates back to 2009 with charges that include criminal possession of marijuana, assault, torture and injury of not feeding animal, aggravated harassment, obstruction of governmental administration (OJA), forgery, and possession of a forged instrument.
Theodore Ellis, 30, allegedly pushed a woman onto the subway tracks in The Bronx on June 7. He was arrested Tuesday after an eagle-eyed MTA worker recognized him from a wanted poster and flagged down cops
He is suspected of randomly shoving a woman onto subway tracks in The Bronx
The attack is the latest of many to have occurred in the New York subway system recently, despite Mayor Eric Adams promising to crack down on crime.
Transit crime in New York has sky rocketed in 2022 compared to 2021, with a 54 per cent increase. New York Mayor Eric Adams, who was an ex-cop elected on a promise to stop crime in the city, has been slammed along with the NYPD for their failure to do so.
According to NYPD data, while murders and shooting are down nearly 9 and 7 per cent, respectively, from last year, overall crime is up nearly 40 per cent so far in 2022.
That includes a whopping 39.5per cent rise in robberies, a 19 per cent increase in felony assaults and a 16 per cent increase in rapes.
Transit crimes are up the highest, though, at 53.6 per cent – with 989 reported through June 6, 2022, compared to 644 reported at the same time last year.
Last week, Mayor Adams fumed at prosecutors and judges for cutting loose suspected shooters, allowing them to unleash more gunfire in New York— saying the ‘bad guys no longer take them seriously.’
During a news conference with NYPD officials in Brooklyn, Adams praised cops for being ‘laser-focused on the shooters’ and making arrests but demanded that ‘the other team must do their part.’
‘The courts have to prosecute. Judges have to make sure they stay in,’ he said.
‘Everyone has to do their part. If not, they go out and come back.
First five months of 2022 see four homicides on board the subway
Sunday’s shooting of Daniel Enriquez, 48, a Goldman Sachs researcher marked the fourth homicide in the New York City subway systems this year.
January: The first occurred in January, Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, was fatally pushed onto the subway tracks at the Times Square station by a homeless man, Martial Simon, 61.
He fled the scene, but turned himself in after the attack.
He was charged with second-degree murder, but was deemed unfit to stand trial.
March: Barbara Gustern, 87, a Broadway singing coach, was pushed onto the tracks by Lauren Pazienza, 26, of Long Island, who was indicted on manslaughter and assault charges.
Pazienza fled the scene that day and was on the lam for 11 days before turning herself in following Gustern’s death.
She has since pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.
April: Two men got into a fight near the turnstiles at the eastern end of the Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer station in Queens, when one man pulled out a gun and shot 24-year-old Marcus Bethea twice in the chest and once in the groin.
He was rushed to a local hospital, but died shortly after.