A security guard at JFK Airport was savagely beaten by a homeless career criminal at the airport subway station lashed out at New York City Mayor Eric Adams and local politicians for failing to stop the Big Apple’s crime wave.
Elizabeth Gomes, 33, pleaded for Adams to stop the madness after she was punched to the floor during the horrific berating.
She told New York Post: ‘Our city needs major help. We’re going through a lot here. I remember hearing that they would have cops posted on platforms, riding the trains, cops down in a subway. Mayor Adams said especially in the subway.’
However, she believes her injuries are proof that the mayor hasn’t put more cops in subway stations, saying ‘Obviously, the government or nobody is doing anything for us.’
Gomes then slammed Adams for going to Puerto Rico as crime continues, seemingly unabated, in his city: ‘When we’re out there, we’re by ourselves, we’re fighting these battles by ourselves, and what they do, they go try to help other countries that have nothing to do with what we’re going through in our own place.’
Adams traveled to Puerto Rico on Saturday night to assist what he called New York City’s ‘sixth borough’ after it was ravaged by Hurricane Fiona. He returned to the city on Tuesday.
Elizabeth Gomes (pictured), a security guard at JFK Airport was savagely beaten by a homeless career criminal at the airport subway station lashed out at New York City Mayor Eric Adams and local politicians for failing to stop the Big Apple’s crime wave
Gomes spoke to the media on Tuesday and pleaded for Mayor Eric Adams to stop the madness
The mother of five children said that ‘my life has changed, everything changed’ and that she’s ‘scared to even leave my house’ and doesn’t ‘even want to take the train.’
She said of her decade-long service to the airport, ‘You know, I love my job so much, and part of me, like, doesn’t want to go back because I’m scared.’
Her husband, Clement Tucker, echoed Gomes’ previous worries that she may lose her eyesight in one eye.
Gomes arrived at the Howard Beach station in Queens, New York City, at around 5:15am on September 20.
Waheed Foster, 41, tried to start a conversation, but when she ignored him he flung himself at her – dragging her to the ground then kicking and punching her.
Foster, who was arrested for murdering his 82-year-old foster grandmother in a brutal beating at the age of 14, rained blows down Gomes as she cowered on the floor.
One man tried to come to Gomes’s aid, but Foster chased him away and then resumed attacking her.
He then walked away, leaving Gomes on the floor. The vagrant was arrested shortly after.
Gomes is seen being grabbed from behind by Waheed Foster, 41 – who she had ignored as he tried to speak to her when she got off the train
Foster, who beat his foster grandmother to death when he was 14, grabbed Gomes
Foster is seen hurling Gomes to the floor before raining blows down on her
Gomes is seen curling up in a ball to try and protect herself as Foster attacked her
Foster then kicked her as she lay on the ground, trying to shield herself
It later emerged he was arrested six years after the murder for stabbing his 21-year-old sister with a screwdriver.
In 2010, he was arrested for attacking three workers at the Creedmore Psychiatric Center, where he was an inpatient.
He was on parole until November 2024 at the time of last week’s attack, ABC News reported.
‘Do you know how scared I am now? I was never a person to be scared,’ Gomes told the network on Monday.
‘I can’t see anything on my right side, honestly. And it just hurts.’
One man tried to save Gomes, but Foster chased him away
Foster then resumed attacking Gomes as she lay on the floor
Foster walked away, but was arrested shortly after
She said doctors told her she may lose her sight in her right eye, and she said she has been unable to sleep, left with a throbbing head.
‘Every day is an incident in the subway,’ she said. ‘What happened to all these police officer they said they will have there to protect us? There’s like nobody to be found. I don’t understand.’
She said Foster was muttering about Satan when he attacked her.
‘He’s talking about the devil. He’s talking about a whole bunch of nonsense,’ Gomes said.
Foster has been charged with felony assault.
He has two other pending criminal cases against him, on charges of criminal mischief and minor theft.
Transit crime has soared more than 43 percent so far this year compared to the same period in 2021, according to the latest NYPD statistics.
There were 1,165 crimes reported in the city transit system for the period last year compared to 1,670 this year, the figures show.
Overall, crime is up 33.4 percent in the city from this point in 2021.