An unbalanced homeless guy outside a Midtown Manhattan police station last night by cops in Times Square. He admitted to pushing an Asian woman into an oncoming subway train while on his way to face a judge.
According to his sister, Josette, Simon Martial had been on medications for more than 20 years and had been to mental hospitals in New York numerous times.
Simon Martial, 61, was taken, wearing just a white Tyvek suit, cloth mask, slippers, and jacket – demonstrating his poor judgment. As he is escorted out of the Midtown South precinct by law enforcement officials, reporters can be heard yelling, “What’s your beef?” to which he whirls around and scolds them.
When questioned about murdering Michelle Alyssa Go, a 40-year-old Upper West Side resident, Martial admitted to the sick assault and referred to himself as “God.”
“Because I’m God. Yes, I did. I’m God; I can do it,” Martial yelled to a group of reporters as he was escorted by the police. “She stole my coat because that’s why,” he added when asked about his motivation.
The suspect pushed the victim onto the tracks as a southbound R train slammed into the station at 9:40 a.m., officials said.
“This incident was unprovoked, and the victim does not appear to have any interaction with the subject,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at an afternoon press conference.
According to police, Martial had previously attempted to talk to another woman at the station who was not Asian. Still, she fled when she discovered what he wanted.
What do we know about Simon Martial?
He is a Haitian. He resides in New York, New York. Simon Martial has been in trouble before. With the law, he has a long rap sheet.
In July 1998, he was charged with robbing a taxi driver by producing a fake gun and threatening to kill him. He faced two counts of robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon.
On August 9, 2017, he allegedly got into a motorist’s vehicle on Sixth Avenue and Waverly Place in Manhattan, New York City, displayed pretend firearms to the victim, took $43 away from him, and was charged with first-degree robbery.
In 2019, he was incarcerated for robbery. He was taken into custody in October 2019 for criminal possession of a controlled substance.
In August 2021, he was paroled from state prison.
At around 9:40 a.m. on January 15, 2022, he allegedly pushed Chinese woman Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, of New York in front of a subway train at the Times Square station in New York City, which led to her death, before taking a train to Canal Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City where he turned himself into transit officers 13 minutes after the attack, according to the New York City Police Department. He was charged with second-degree murder.
He was 61 years old and homeless when he was detained on January 15, 2022.
According to his sister, Josette, he had been on medications for more than 20 years. He had been to mental hospitals in New York numerous times.