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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Shemecca Wise was arraigned on charges of attempted murder and attempted assault for allegedly shoving a commuter onto the tracks Monday at a Woodhaven subway station.

District Attorney Katz said: “New Yorkers depend on public transportation to get safely to and from work and school. We cannot allow our subway stations to become places to fear.”

Wise, 26, of Elderts Lane, Brooklyn, was arraigned yesterday on a charge of attempted murder in the second degree and attempted assault in the first degree. Queens Criminal Court Judge Wanda Licitra ordered Wise to return to court on June 8.

If convicted of the attempted murder charge, Wise faces up to 25 years in prison.

According to the charges, on June 5, between approximately 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Wise pushed an 18-year-old woman onto the tracks at the 75th Street-Elderts Lane J train station. The victim was able to get off the tracks but suffered a laceration and substantial knee pain.

Assistant District Attorney Mirza Hadzic of the District Attorney’s Felony Trials IV Bureau is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Karen Rankin, Bureau Chief, and Assistant District Attorneys Robert Ferino and Timothy Regan, Deputy Bureau Chiefs, and under the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Supreme Court Pishoy Yacoub.

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