Woman pushed in front of Brussels metro, suspect arrested

Woman pushed in front of Brussels metro, suspect arrested
The Rogier metro station in Brussels. Credit: Belga

A young man deliberately pushed a woman onto the tracks in Rogier metro station in Brussels at around 19:45 on Friday evening, but luckily, the metro was able to stop in time.

The woman was pushed onto the tracks as the metro was pulling into the station, however, she was quickly helped off the tracks by bystanders, Brussels public transport company STIB, which operates the metros in the capital city, confirmed.

“The driver reacted very well but is very much so in shock, as is the victim,” Guy Sablon, spokesperson for STIB, told The Brussels Times.

The metro train operator reportedly saw the person on the tracks and stopped just in time by pulling the emergency brake, as can be seen in the video below.

Warning, the video below contains shocking images.

 

The video surveillance footage shows the perpetrator, a young man, walking back and forth on the platform and then pushing the woman in the back onto the tracks. Other people standing on the platform helped the woman off the tracks and back onto the platform.

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Both the police and the emergency services were immediately called to the scene. The victim and the metro driver were taken to the hospital, and after receiving the necessary care, were both allowed to return home.

The incident resulted in metro traffic being interrupted between the stations Elisabeth and Arts-Loi until 20:15.

Suspect has been arrested

The perpetrator immediately ran away after pushing the woman, but he has since been arrested, the Brussels public prosecutor’s office confirmed on Saturday morning.

“Thanks to the distribution of the images of the suspect within the police services, he was intercepted a few minutes later while he was in the metro station De Brouckère,” spokesperson Sarah Durant said.

The suspect was questioned by the investigating judge and placed under arrest for attempted homicide. The examining magistrate appointed a psychiatric expert to verify the suspect’s condition.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the incident is still ongoing to determine the exact circumstances of the events and the suspect’s motive.

This article was updated at 17:00 to include another statement from the Brussels public prosecutor’s office.


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