ATLANTA – MARTA police have identified the man who allegedly pushed a woman onto the tracks at the Midtown MARTA Station Sunday, prompting a chaotic scene that ended with the woman’s daughter critically wounded.
Police identified the suspect as Christopher Patrick Brooklin, 28. He is charged with aggravated assault and battery in a public transit station.
Witnesses told CBS46 the man was behaving erratically.
“We were downstairs, and a man just started punching people like just going crazy,” said Aiesha Bowden, a witness.
Police said the man pushed the 58-year-old mother onto the tracks. The woman’s 27-year-old daughter jumped onto the tracks to try to help her mother. As of now, police don’t have a motive and said the incident appeared to be random.
“Everybody was trying to pull them up, but it was too late because the train was coming,” said Bowden. “The train was already coming, and in the process of everybody trying to pull them out, it was just too late. The train was going too fast.”
The daughter remains in critical condition at an area hospital, said Cpl. Brian Lauda of the MARTA Police Department.
Lauda did not release the names of the mother and daughter. He said the mother was treated for her injuries and released. Police believe she was not hit by the train. Police continue to review surveillance video that they are not releasing at this time.
Police said bystanders were extremely helpful and alerted a MARTA police officer who was at the station. The officer was able to take the suspect into custody within 90 seconds of the incident.
Brooklin is currently being held in Fulton County Jail.
Trains across Atlanta ground to a halt Sunday afternoon after officials say at least one woman was shoved off the platform into the path of an oncoming MARTA metro train, WXIA reported.
“One person was allegedly pushed wayside at Midtown Station late this afternoon and two people possibly made contact with a train,” a spokesperson for the public transport service told the station.
A witness told WSB he saw a man shove a woman onto the train tracks, and that another woman jumped down to try to help her.
“We tried to pull them out (of) the track. The train was coming (too) fast, it tried to stop but it couldn’t,” another witness told the station.
Police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the woman’s daughter tried to save her mother.
“MPD can confirm that the victim in this case was pushed wayside by the suspect,” police Cpl. Brian Lauda told the paper. “The victim’s daughter jumped on the tracks in an effort to assist her mother and was struck by a train.”
A witness told Fox 5 he saw the woman get dragged by the train.
“I saw her legs dangling, and she was crying for mercy … it’s sickening. So she gets dragged a good little distance. For about 10 minutes, we’re sitting there, not knowing if she’s dead or alive.”
A video shot by witness Chris Wisdom shows one woman begin to crawl out from underneath a MARTA train as passengers disembark above her.
The video shows her head and shoulders appear from below the train car before she sits along the track as bystanders try to decide how to help.
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MARTA shut down the north-south line of the service and replaced it with buses while first responders swarmed the scene, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The women were 27 and 58 years old, according to WXIA.
The women were both “conscious and alert” when they were both rescued from the tracks after about 30 minutes, the AJC reported. Both were taken to the hospital, where the older woman was stable and the younger was in surgery, according to WXIA.
Officials have yet to describe what may have prompted the incident, but a witness told CBS 46 she saw a man shoving people around the platform.
“We were downstairs and a man just stared punching people, just going crazy … he was punching everybody, he hit the girl in the back of the head for no reason,” she told the station.
Christopher Patrick Brooklin, 28, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and battery, MARTA police said in a statement on Twitter. They said the younger woman remained in critical condition.