At 7:06 a.m. during the morning rush hour, New York City Transit officials were forced to shutdown northbound and southbound service on the N,Q and R subway lines from 34th to 59th streets after receiving a report that a person was on the tracks.
Responding patrol officers from the NYPD’s Transit Bureau arrived at the 42nd Street – Times Square station and discovered Richard Wilcox, 29, on the tracks and attempted to coax him back on to the subway platform.
According to the NYPD, Wilcox had descended onto the tracks to pick up trash “because the tracks were dirty.”
When the emotionally disturbed man refused to get off the tracks, the Emergency Service Unit (ESU) was called.
Several ESU officers descended from the platform onto the tracks to talk Wilcox off the tracks. When he further refused their verbal requests, the officers were forced to physically remove Wilcox.
During the struggle, Wilcox managed to knock down detective James Griffin, 41, who was render unconscious when he cracked his head after landing on a subway rail.
Griffin, an 18 year veteran of the police force is a member of ESU One.
“It was a struggle. It’s not a flat surface and when you’re struggling you can be thrown off balance,” an NYPD source explained to local news publication AM New York
Other ESU officers managed to restrain Wilcox and remove him and the injured Griffin from the tracks.
Both men were taken to Bellevue Hospital where Griffin was treated for minor head injuries and a bruised arm and is said to be in stable condition. It is unclear what if any injuries were sustained by Wilcox during his struggle with the officers; though Bellevue Hospital also happens to be home to the nation’s largest psychiatric center.
Wilcox faces charges of resisting arrest.