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East Orange Suspect Arrested for Pushing Man Onto Dover Train Tracks

East Orange Andover Township

NJ Transit police have arrested an East Orange suspect for pushing a man onto the train tracks at the Dover station late last year.

According to a statement released by NJ Transit officials, the victim, a Lake Hiawatha resident, told police that on Dec. 3, 2019, he was on the platform awaiting a train to Morristown when he began to assist another customer at the ticket vending machine.

The victim said a man approached and demanded he get out of his way.

When the victim refused, stating the man had enough room to get around him. The suspect pushed the victim twice, the second time onto the tracks, the victim told police.

NJ Transit officials say as the victim was on the track, a train approached.

The victim crawled towards the other track and under a platform, where bystanders helped him up NJ Transit officials said.

Dover police and EMS responded, and the victim was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for nine broken ribs, the victim told NJ Transit police.

Following an investigation, Detective Ruben Mendez arrested Mr. Paul E. Stewart, 57, on June 26. Stewart has been charged with aggravated assault.

The incident remains under investigation.