UPDATE: On Thursday evening, NYPD officials announced the arrest of 49-year-old Derrick Mills for the assault described below.
It was a bit past midnight on Tuesday when police responded to a call about an assault at the East 68th Street subway station.
Officers arrived to find a 74-year-old man with lacerations to his fingers and “general complaints of pain.”
EMS responded to the location and transported the man to NY Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Medical Center. Family members of the victim told the NY Daily News he had suffered a broken pelvis and cracked ribs as well.
A further investigation revealed that the man was standing on the downtown 6 train platform when he was approached by an unknown male suspect. The suspect proceeded to shove the victim onto the tracks before fleeing from the station.
An on-duty MTA employee was able to pull the 74-year-old from the tracks.
NYPD officials told Pix 11 that the suspect appears to be in his 30s, and that witnesses say he was acting erratically before the assault.
No arrests have been made and an investigation remains ongoing.
On Tuesday evening, NYPD officials released surveillance photo and video of the suspect at large.
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