D.A. Bragg Announces Indictment of Man For Unprovoked Chambers Street Subway Shoving

September 18, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of SAMUEL JUNKER, 41, for shoving a 34-year-old woman, unprovoked, onto the subway tracks at the Chambers Street subway station. JUNKER is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with one count each of Attempted Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree. [1] 

“Samuel Junker now stands indicted for seriously injuring a woman who he allegedly trailed to a subway platform and pushed onto the tracks,” said District Attorney Bragg. “These types of attacks can be terrifying to experience, but we want New Yorkers to know that we will seek accountability for anyone who commits acts of violence in our subway system. I wish the victim a speedy recovery.”   

According to court documents and statements made on the record, on August 29, 2023, at approximately 11 p.m., JUNKER trailed the woman into the subway station near West Broadway and Chambers Street. He followed her through the turnstile, down the stairs and onto the subway platform. While on the platform, JUNKER came up behind the woman and shoved her onto the tracks. The woman suffered a broken leg, bruising and swelling. JUNKER immediately fled the station.   

JUNKER was arrested in Lower Manhattan on August 31, 2023, after an officer recognized him from a wanted flyer. He was wearing the same clothes from the incident.   

Assistant D.A. Dylan Los Huertos is handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant D.A. David Hammer (Chief of Trial Bureau 70), and Executive D.A. Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). Trial Preparation Assistant Alexander Schnur, Hate Crimes Investigative Analysts Zoe Fleishaker and George Nighswander, and Senior Hate Crimes Investigative Analyst Julie Ann Doren are also assisting with this case.  

D.A. Bragg thanked the NYPD, especially Rashad Shomo of the Manhattan Robbery Squad and the responding officers of Transit Division District 2.   

Defendant Information: 


White Plains, NY 


  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • 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.