Simon Martial admits to having fatally pushed Michelle Alyssa Go to death in NYC
An independent homeless man admitted to pushing an Asian woman into an oncoming subway train in Times Square as he was marched out of a Midtown Manhattan police station to meet a judge Saturday night.
“Go yourself,” Simon Martial, 61, shouted to reporters as he was escorted out of the Midtown South area wearing a white Tyvek suit, a fabric mask, slippers and a jacket.
When asked if he had killed Michelle Alyssa Go, a 40-year-old resident of the Upper West Side, Martial coped with the horrific attack, claiming he was “God.”
“Yes, because I am God. Yes I did. I am God, I can do it,” Martial shouted to a bunch of reporters, adding “she stole my f-ing jacket, that was why,” when asked about his motive.
The victim was waiting on the N / Q / R / W platform at 9:40 a.m. when the suspect pushed her onto the rails as a southbound R-train barreled into the station, 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.
Martial had initially approached another woman, who was not Asian, at the station, but the woman was startled and moved away, according to police.
“She feels like he was physically pushing her onto the train,” said Assistant Chief Jason Wilcox of the NYPD Detective Bureau. “As she walks away, she witnesses the crime where he pushes our second victim in front of the train.”
Martial then took a train to Canal Street, where he reported to transit officers 13 minutes after the attack, police said.
Unprovoked attacks on Asian Americans skyrocketed in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic amid anti-Chinese political rhetoric, rising 368 percent in 2021, according to police data.
Many of the crimes took place in the metro system, which city and state officials recently promised to fill with expanded police presence and social service teams to fight rising crime and help move homeless people living underground into shelters.
“We had a robust plan for this station today. We had six officers attached. There were two officers on the southbound platform to the south end when this incident took place,” said Assistant NYPD Chief Kathleen O’Reilly.
“Unfortunately, these incidents occur. They are rare, but this one is very disturbing and disturbing,” she said.
Community leaders said that although Saturday’s fatal attack was not motivated by racial hatred, it contributed to a sense of tangible fear among Asian-Americans.
“This is horrific. It’s a terrible attack on yet another of our citizens,” said Wai Wah Chin, charter president of the Greater New York Chinese-American Citizens’ Alliance. “This must stop.”
Some advocates said they also feared hate criminals were encouraged by more forgiving law enforcement policies, including state law on bail reform and new guidelines for lenient sentencing implemented by new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
“People are scared because we know it [Bragg] going to let violent criminals go free, and Asians around the city will be the victims, ”said Phil Wong, 55, a Queens businessman and political activist.
Bragg told reporters Saturday afternoon that New Yorkers do not have to worry about Martial – a former criminal who was released from state jail last year after a two-year stay of robbery – being released for allegedly killing again. He was charged with murder Saturday night, police said.
“He’s been on medication for over 20 years and in and out of mental hospitals in New York,” a woman who identified herself as Martial’s sister, Josette, told The Post.