D.A. Bragg Announces Indictment of Man For Subway Shoving At The Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall Station

December 7, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of LI DE MING, 42, for hitting a 28-year-old man with a plank of wood and shoving him onto the subway tracks at a Lower Manhattan train station last month. DE MING is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, two counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, and one count of Assault in the Second Degree. [1]

“As alleged, Li De Ming attacked a stranger when he pushed him onto the train tracks, putting his life at risk,” said District Attorney Bragg. “Thankfully, the victim was able to return to the safety of the subway platform and avoid further injury. My office will continue working diligently to hold those accountable who threaten the basic safety of Manhattan subway riders. I wish the victim a full and speedy recovery.”  

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, on the morning of November 1, 2023, for approximately ten minutes, DE MING was walking back and forth on the southbound platform at the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station, carrying a plank of wood. At approximately 10:12 a.m., DE MING approached a 28-year-old man, who exited the 6 train and was looking at his cellphone. DE MING, unprovoked, hit him in the back of the head with the plank of wood and pushed him onto the tracks. The man was able to climb back onto the platform. The man suffered a gash to the back of the head, scrapes and bruises, and severe pain to his head, arms and legs.

DE MING fled the scene and was arrested the next day, wearing the same clothing from the incident. 

Assistant D.A. Ana Radolinski is handling the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Jessica Lynn (Chief of Trial Bureau 50), and Executive D.A. Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). Paralegal Evan Rosado (Trial Bureau 50) and Investigative Analyst Caitlyn Orbe (Trial Bureau 50) are providing valuable assistance assisting in this case.

D.A. Bragg thanked the NYPD, particularly Detective Florenc Dacaj of the Manhattan Robbery Squad. He also thanked the entire Transit Division 2.

Defendant Information:

New York, NY


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


[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.