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Simon Martial, 61, (pictured) was on parole for a prior felony conviction when he allegedly murdered Go on Saturday

Simon Martial, 61, (pictured) was on parole for a prior felony conviction when he allegedly murdered Go on Saturday

Simon Martial, 61, (pictured) was on parole for a prior felony conviction when he allegedly murdered Go on Saturday

The man accused of pushing a woman to her death in a New York City subway station was on parole for a prior violent felony conviction, prosecutors revealed during his arraignment on Wednesday. 

Simon Martial, 61, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Michelle Alyssa Go, who was shoved in front of a subway train in the Times Square station on Saturday.   

Assistant District Attorney Hunter Carrell said Martial had been convicted of two felonies for attempted robberies in 1999 and 2019.  

At the time of his arrest on Saturday, there was a warrant out for Martial for violating his parole.  

Martial, who joined the virtual hearing Wednesday from Bellevue Hospital, was denied bail. 

Go, 40, was on the N/Q/R/W platform at West 42nd Street and Broadway at around 9.40am on Saturday when Martial shoved her from behind with both hands while she looked down at her phone, authorities said. 

She was struck by a train and pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. 

Martial fled the scene and turned himself in to police hours after the attack. 

A mental fitness exam was ordered for Martial, who authorities said was on parole for a prior felony conviction at the time of the attack. His next court date is February 23.

A vigil was held in Times Square on Tuesday night for Go, who was 40 years old and worked for the consulting firm Deloitte.

A prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office said the office is seeking to determine whether the attack was motivated by racial bias against Go, who was Asian American.

Prior to her death, Go (pictured) worked as a senior manager of strategy and operations for management and acquisitions at Deloitte Consulting, according to her LinkedIn

Prior to her death, Go (pictured) worked as a senior manager of strategy and operations for management and acquisitions at Deloitte Consulting, according to her LinkedIn

Prior to her death, Go (pictured) worked as a senior manager of strategy and operations for management and acquisitions at Deloitte Consulting, according to her LinkedIn

A request for comment was sent to New York County Defenders Services, which is representing Martial. 

During the virtual hearing on Wednesday, Martial mumbled incoherently.

‘Defendant admitted his guilt in three separate conversations with transit officers, detectives, and ADAs,’ prosecutor Hunter Carrell said. ‘In addition, video places the defendant on the scene, and an eyewitness identified the defendant in a double-blind photo array.’ 

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the attack was ‘unprovoked’ and the victim ‘does not appear to have any interaction with the subject.’ 

Prior to her death, Go worked as a senior manager of strategy and operations for management and acquisitions at Deloitte Consulting, according to her LinkedIn. 

She graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a bachelor’s in economics and public policy, and earned her Master of Business Administration from New York University. 

Martial’s older sister, Josette Simon, said her brother, who is homeless, has been battling schizophrenia for more than two decades and should never have been let out of a mental institution.

When Martial, who has a lengthy criminal history, was asked by a reporter if he had been the one to push Go, he seemingly admitted to killing the subway rider and said: ‘Yes, because I’m God. Yes, I did it. I’m God. I can do it.’ 

A make shift memorial seen at a candlelight vigil in Times Square for Michelle Alyssa Go, who was killed at the Times Square subway station last Saturday

A make shift memorial seen at a candlelight vigil in Times Square for Michelle Alyssa Go, who was killed at the Times Square subway station last Saturday

A make shift memorial seen at a candlelight vigil in Times Square for Michelle Alyssa Go, who was killed at the Times Square subway station last Saturday

A prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office said the office is seeking to determine whether the attack was motivated by racial bias against Go

A prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office said the office is seeking to determine whether the attack was motivated by racial bias against Go

A prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office said the office is seeking to determine whether the attack was motivated by racial bias against Go

A person wearing a face mask reading, "Stop Asian Hate," attends a candlelight vigil in honor of Michelle Alyssa Go, a victim of a subway attack several days earlier

A person wearing a face mask reading, "Stop Asian Hate," attends a candlelight vigil in honor of Michelle Alyssa Go, a victim of a subway attack several days earlier

A person wearing a face mask reading, ‘Stop Asian Hate,’ attends a candlelight vigil in honor of Michelle Alyssa Go, a victim of a subway attack several days earlier

Martial seen Saturday night leaving a Midtown precinct

Martial seen Saturday night leaving a Midtown precinct

Martial seen Saturday night leaving a Midtown precinct

Speaking to the New York Post on Monday, Simon, from Georgia, argued that her brother belonged in a mental health facility and should have been kept off the streets.

Simon said that in his youth, her brother was a hardworking and giving man, but by the time he was in his 30s, he had succumbed to paranoia and thought that people were after him.

Not long after their mother died 23 years ago, Simon said her brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

For a time, Martial stayed with another sister, but he had been in and out of mental hospitals for the better part of 20 years, according to Simon.

‘I remember begging one of the hospitals, ‘Let him stay,’ because once he’s out, he didn’t want to take medication, and it was the medication that kept him going,’ his sister told the newspaper. 

The family (pictured) of Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, described her as 'kind and intelligent' in a statement shared on social media today, three days after she was pushed to her death in New York

The family (pictured) of Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, described her as 'kind and intelligent' in a statement shared on social media today, three days after she was pushed to her death in New York

The family (pictured) of Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, described her as ‘kind and intelligent’ in a statement shared on social media today, three days after she was pushed to her death in New York

Simon recounted that during her final conversation with her brother, he told her that ‘they’ were after him. She said Martial told her he was being watched by people hiding in closets.

Simon apologized to Go’s loved ones, saying that news of her violent death at the hands of her ‘sick’ brother has been tearing her apart.

‘I’m his older sister, and it really breaks my heart that there was nothing I could do,’ Simon said. ‘And they let him out in the street.’

Simon said she now would like to see her brother get professional help, rather than being locked up ‘like an animal with people who are really murderers.’

‘I’m not saying let him out, but get his some help,’ Simon said.

Martial has a lengthy criminal history, including serving two years in state prison for attempted robbery before being released in August 2021, the New York Post reported, citing state records. 

Sources told DailyMail.com that he has been arrested at least twice in the past for robbery. One incident was in August 2017 in Manhattan, when he was charged with first-degree robbery after allegedly entering a car, pretending to have a gun and stealing $43.   

New York City Mayor Eric Adams

New York City Mayor Eric Adams

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg

New York’s crime rate continues to rise under new Mayor Eric Adams, who promised to be tough on crime, and ‘woke’ progressive DA Alvin Bragg

Transit crimes have been rising throughout the pandemic with several people being thrown onto the subway tracks. A woman was killed on Saturday after a homeless person threw her on the tracks at the Times Square Subway Station at West 42nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan (pictured: police on scene in Times Square)

Transit crimes have been rising throughout the pandemic with several people being thrown onto the subway tracks. A woman was killed on Saturday after a homeless person threw her on the tracks at the Times Square Subway Station at West 42nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan (pictured: police on scene in Times Square)

Transit crimes have been rising throughout the pandemic with several people being thrown onto the subway tracks. A woman was killed on Saturday after a homeless person threw her on the tracks at the Times Square Subway Station at West 42nd Street and Broadway in Manhattan (pictured: police on scene in Times Square) 

He was also arrested in July 1998 for allegedly simulating a gun in an attempt to rob a taxi driver, threatening to kill the driver. He was charged with two counts of robbery and criminal possession of a weapon at the time.

Sources told the Post that he has had three encounters with police as an emotionally disturbed person. 

The horrifying attack comes as crime in the subway and around the city continues to soar at the beginning of Mayor Eric Adams and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s first terms.     

Bragg’s controversial decision to downgrade burglary, armed robbery and drug dealings from felonies to misdemeanors has drawn criticism, as it has led to many criminals being let back out on the streets.

The number of felony assaults has since increased by 4.7 percent over the course of the last week, as compared to the same time last year. 

Overall, crime is up 30.5 percent from the same period in 2021, according to the city’s crime stats.  

Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said newly-elected Mayor Eric Adams has his hands tied in terms of crime while Bragg’s office implements its woke policies. 

Adams has come under fire after saying at a press conference on Sunday: ‘New Yorkers are safe on the subway system… What we must do is remove the perception of fear.’

Curtis Sliwa, former Republican mayoral critic, lashed out at Adams on Twitter, writing: ‘What happened to the law & order candidate?’  

Simon Martial is just one of many repeat offenders who conducted violent crimes in New York City after skirting imprisonment 

New York City has seen a rise in the number of violent crimes conducted by men who are repeat offenders, often being arrested for violent or alarming crimes in the past, but not held in prison while they waited for their court date.

Winston Glynn, 30

Winston Glynn, 30

Winston Glynn, 30

Winston Glynn: ‘Shot dead teen cashier at Burger King where he used to work’ 

Winston Glynn, a 30-year-old homeless man, was arrested over the cold-blooded murder of a 19-year-old Burger King cashier during a robbery in January.

He was free to kill after being released without bail for menacing another man with a screwdriver little more than a month before the murder. 

Glynn was out on the street following his arrest on November 30 because his crime was ‘not bail eligible.’ 

Xavier Israel: ‘Beat up Good Samaritans’

Xavier Israel, 25

Xavier Israel, 25

Xavier Israel, 25

Xavier Israel, 25, who previously assaulted three other people in the past two weeks, had attacked an unidentified 59-year-old man who tried giving the homeless man his coat amid freezing temperatures. He has been charged with assault, robbery and grand larceny.

Israel had been arrested and released for his three previous attacks, one on January 2, when he allegedly beat up two 18-year-olds in Central Park, and then on Saturday when he attacked a 49-year-old woman who tried to offer him help.

He had been released both times on desk appearance tickets – meaning he had to appear in court on another date – since he had no prior convictions, according to NYPD records.

Craig Tamanaha, 49

Craig Tamanaha, 49

Craig Tamanaha, 49

Craig Tamanaha: ‘Set fire to Fox News Christmas tree’

Craig Tamanaha, 49, was arrested for setting fire to the Fox News Christmas tree on December 7. It was not a political attack – the homeless man targeted the tree at random, climbing it as Fox News staffers watched on then using a lighter to set it alight. 

Tamanaha has a lengthy criminal record spanning at least 20 years and two states, and he was arrested in November for exposing himself outside the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in the city.

In 2002, the then-30-year-old Tamanaha was picked up in Abilene, Texas, on a public intoxication charge. Between 2017-2018, he was arrested on three separate occasions and charged with public intoxication, burglary and resisting arrest.

Tamanaha, who is described as unhoused and ’emotionally disturbed’, faces six misdemeanor charges, including arson, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.

Because all his charges are misdemeanors, bail could not be set for him and Tamanaha is back on the street without supervision or mental health support. 

Agustin Garcia: Arrested in crime spree that began in Bronx

Agustin Garcia, 63

Agustin Garcia, 63

Agustin Garcia, 63

Agustin Garcia, 63, was arrested three times within 36 hours in a crime spree that began in the Bronx, where he allegedly stole a twelve-pack of Coors Light from a bodega on East 165th Street around 7.30 pm on November 21.

He was charged with petty larceny and turned back onto the street – a few hours later, he was back in handcuffs, according to the New York Police Department.

Garcia then robbed a subway rider at knifepoint at the Canal Street subway station around 3 am on November 22, telling her to ‘stay back’ when she pursued him, police said.

He was arrested, charged with felony robbery, and released again. 

Just seven hours later, police arrested Garcia as he tried to climb up onto a platform from the tracks back at the West 145th Street/Lenox Avenue station. He fled into the tunnel after stealing another commuter’s iPhone.

After this third arrest he was charged with grand larceny and criminal trespass, and was sent to Bellevue Hospital for a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation.

Darrell Johnson: ‘Beat up two women on Upper West Side’ 

Darrell Johnson, 28,

Darrell Johnson, 28,

Darrell Johnson, 28, 

Darrell Johnson, 28, was arrested on December 2 for allegedly beating two women on Manhattan’s Upper West Side just minutes apart, leaving one of the victims with a ‘disfiguring’ injury and sending both to the hospital.

The career criminal was out in the streets despite facing additional assault, attempted assault and harassment charges stemming from an incident in August 2020 during which he allegedly punched and stomped on a man in Harlem. 

Johnson was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault with intent to cause physical injury and multiple attempted assault and harassment charges for the December attacks.

Despite the slew of new and old charges against him, and his lengthy rap sheet listing at least 15 prior arrests, a Manhattan judge agreed to free Johnson without bail pending trial.

Johnson is due back in court on February 1, 2022.

Anthonia Egegbara: ‘Shoved innocent woman toward Times Square train tracks’   

Anthonia Egegbara, 29

Anthonia Egegbara, 29

Anthonia Egegbara, 29

Anthonia Egegbara, 29, of Queens, was charged with attempted murder on October 7, over surveillance footage which showed her shoving an innocent woman toward the tracks as a train hurtled into Times Square station.

The unprovoked attack comes just three months after she was released without bail following an alleged assault on July 5 which left a 40-year-old woman suffering a black eye, broken nose and a knocked-out tooth.

 Egegbara, who’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia, has a history of assault arrests, including at least seven times previously, according to NYPD records, 

The three most recent incidents involved her allegedly kicking or biting other women on public transport. 

Isus Thompson: ‘Randomly bashed cop in the head with backpack filled with metal safe’

Isus Thompson, 38

Isus Thompson, 38

Isus Thompson, 38

Isus Thompson, 38, randomly bashed Officer Kyo Sun Lee in the head with a backpack filled with a metal safe, a DVD player and a number of adult videos in the Bronx on November 14.

Unprompted, Thompson approached Lee, 30, on East 194th Street in The Bronx’s Fordham Manor neighborhood around 1.30am before assaulting him from behind.

Thompson, who was also found in possession of a metal box-cutter at the time of his arrest, was given three separate assault charges, weapon possession, harassment and resisting arrest, court records show.

One of his assault charges was listed as a felony, which grants judges discretion to set bail, but Thompson was instead set free on supervised release, meaning that he is just required to periodically check in with the court.

Thomas had been previously arrested for stabbing officer Demitrios Raptis with a knife in 2008. 

Thompson pleaded guilty in 2008 to second-degree attempted murder for stabbing Raptis six times in the ride side of the stomach. Most of the blows were absorbed by Raptis’s bulletproof vest, but he also suffered stab wounds and still has a scar. 

‘I could have died that night,’ Raptis told the New York Post. ‘I think the guy should be locked up, shouldn’t be let out. He could have killed this officer too. He should be behind bars.’ 

After the stabbing, Thompson was sentenced to five years in prison beginning in 2010 and was released two years later on parole, which expired in 2015, corrections records show. It is not clear whether the prosecutor in Thompson’s most recent offense was aware of his prior conviction. 

 

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