D.A. Bragg Announces Indictment of Man For Shoving 85-Year-Old Onto The Rockefeller Center Subway Tracks

December 20, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of BRITTAN JONES, 30, for shoving an 85-year-old man onto the subway tracks at the Rockefeller Center station. JONES is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree and two counts of Assault in the Second Degree. [1] 

“As alleged, Brittan Jones shoved an 85-year-old man into the subway tracks, fracturing his hip and causing him significant pain. New Yorkers deserve to ride public transportation without fearing for their safety, and we will hold accountable those who endanger others in our subway stations,” said District Attorney Bragg. “I wish the victim a speedy recovery, and thank the members of the NYPD, MTA, and FDNY who jumped into action to help him.” 

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, at 5:40 a.m. on November 15, 2023, JONES argued with an 85-year-old man who was sleeping on the bench of the Rockefeller Center southbound platform. The conduct escalated when JONES pushed the victim into the subway tracks before fleeing the scene. 

After a witness called 911, the FDNY, MTA and NYPD responded and removed the victim from the subway track.  The victim was treated at Mount Sinai West for injuries including a fracture to his right hip. 

Assistant D.A. Ellina Cunningham (Trial Bureau 30) is handling the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Erin Tierney (Chief of Trial Bureau 30), and Executive Assistant D.A. Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). 

D.A. Bragg thanked the NYPD, especially Det. Jesse Jansky of the Manhattan Robbery Squad. 


Defendant Information: 


York, PA 


  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, two counts


[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.