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Beaten ‘hero’ subway employee begs NYC to maintain suspect locked up


The “hero” subway cleaner allegedly pummeled by a profession felony 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 the help of a harassed straphanger Thursday — “desires this man behind bars,” the sufferer’s sister, Nashia Nelson, instructed The Post on Friday.

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

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

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

Anthony Nelson arrives at Bronx Criminal Courthouse on Friday morning.
Robert Miller

During a press convention held exterior the Bronx felony courthouse Friday, MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber stated the company goes to ask the court docket to ban Wright from the subway system for 3 years.

Nelson was beaten trying to defend a straphanger.

Nelson was overwhelmed attempting to defend a straphanger.

“No one ought to go to work wanting over their shoulder,” Lieber stated. “This is particular, and that is severe. We’re right here to point out help 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 referred to as Nelson a “mannequin worker” who was attacked doing his job.

“He is a humble man. Before popping out right here, he stated, ‘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,’ ” stated NYC Transit President Richard Davey.

“This has to cease.”

While Anthony and his household had been glad that the grand jury voted to indict Wright, they’re “actually disillusioned” in how his case has been dealt with by the court docket system, Nashia stated.

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

“It’s disgusting. I don’t really feel protected. My brother doesn’t really feel protected. Nobody feels protected,” Nashia stated.

“The metropolis will not be dealing with it accurately in any respect.

“I may 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 is admittedly no phrases.”

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

He is 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 instructed The Post.

“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 stated.

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