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Beaten subway worker begs city to keep suspect locked up

The “hero” subway cleaner allegedly pummeled by a profession legal with 41 prior busts is begging authorities to maintain the suspect off the streets — as a Bronx grand jury indicted his accused attacker Friday.

Anthony Nelson — the MTA employee who suffered a damaged collarbone and dislocated shoulder coming to assistance from a harassed straphanger Thursday — “desires this man behind bars,” the sufferer’s sister, Nashia Nelson, informed The Put up on Friday.

“He simply desires justice. … He desires town to do what’s proper,” Nashia mentioned of her ailing sibling.

The plea got here proper earlier than it was introduced in courtroom that suspect Alexander Wright, 49, was indicted on one depend of felony assault for allegedly injuring the transit employee. The announcement sparked a spherical of applause from the sufferer’s supporters within the courtroom room.

The suspect was set to be despatched again to Rikers Island on the identical measly $5,000 bail a choose set throughout his arraignment. 

Anthony Nelson arrives at Bronx Criminal Courthouse Friday morning.
Anthony Nelson arrives at Bronx Prison Courthouse on Friday morning.
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Throughout a press convention held outdoors the Bronx legal courthouse Friday, MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber mentioned the company goes to ask the courtroom to ban Wright from the subway system for 3 years.

Nelson was beaten trying to defend a straphanger.
Nelson was overwhelmed making an attempt to defend a straphanger.

“Nobody ought to go to work wanting over their shoulder,” Lieber mentioned. “That is particular, and that is severe. We’re right here to indicate assist for our colleague, however we’re additionally right here to ship a message to New Yorkers, acts of violence in opposition to transit employees, in opposition to public servants, can’t be tolerated, it’s a menace to our metropolis.”

The transit boss known as Nelson a “mannequin worker” who was attacked doing his job.

“He’s a humble man. Earlier than popping out right here, he mentioned, ‘it’s not nearly me, it’s in regards to the dozens and dozens of transit employees who’ve been assaulted on the job within the final couple of years,’ ” mentioned NYC Transit President Richard Davey.

“This has to cease.”

Whereas Anthony and his household have been glad that the grand jury voted to indict Wright, they’re “actually disenchanted” in how his case has been dealt with by the courtroom system, Nashia mentioned.

Kin have beforehand known as for a better bail to be set in order that Wright is bound to stay in custody and mentioned Friday they’re “praying” he gained’t have the ability to submit the $5,000 set within the case.

“It’s disgusting. I don’t really feel secure. My brother doesn’t really feel secure. No person feels secure,” Nashia mentioned.

“The town isn’t dealing with it appropriately in any respect.

“I might inform who this man [Wright] is by the rap sheet,” she added at an earlier press convention that included her injured brother and union reps. “There may be actually no phrases.”

Anthony — his arm nonetheless in a sling — didn’t communicate to reporters.

He’s anticipated to be out of labor for a number of months, since his accidents required surgical procedure.

“The damages that this man did on my brother, [Anthony is] going to be out for some time,” the sister informed The Put up.

“He hasn’t processed that he’s not going again to work. In Anthony’s thoughts, he’s going again to work, however he’s going to be out for fairly a while,” she mentioned.

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