the suspect arrested, the reflex of the driver hailed

A young man deliberately pushed a woman onto the metro tracks on Friday around 7:45 p.m. in Rogier station in Brussels, according to information confirmed by a spokesperson for Stib. The suspect was arrested shortly after the incident, said the Brussels prosecutor’s office on Saturday morning. The Brussels public prosecutor requested an arrest warrant for attempted murder. The decision of the investigating judge is expected within 48 hours.

The perpetrator fled running through the subway tracks. Thanks to the broadcast of images of the suspect, the police were able to arrest him a few minutes later when he was in the De Brouckère metro station. He was interviewed by the police, then made available to the Brussels public prosecutor’s office. “The investigation is ongoing to determine the exact circumstances of the facts as well as the suspect’s motive.“, assured the deputy of the Crown prosecutor, Sarah Durant, by press release.

Good driver response

The perpetrator, a young adult, pushed the woman in the back as a subway was approaching. He then fled running in the opposite direction. Alerted by people on the platform, the subway driver carried out an emergency brake. He did not hit the victim. No subway passengers were injured in the sudden stop. Travelers present on the platform then descended on the tracks to remove the victim from the rails. Once it was brought back to the dock, the emergency services were called.

The driver reacted very well, but he is still in shock and so is the person.“, explained Friday evening the spokesperson for the Stib. They were both taken to the hospital, but have been able to leave the establishment since then.

Mobility Minister Elke Van den Brandt praised the driver’s reflex.

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