Suspect In Subway Attack Is Career Criminal

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A CBS 3 I-Team Investigation now reveals that the suspect who allegedly tried to throw a SEPTA subway rider off of a Center City platform and in front of a train is a career criminal with a lengthy history of 35 arrests and numerous convictions.

33-year-old Alex Ayala is now charged with attempted murder for the noon attack on Memorial Day at the Walnut-Locust subway station.

Police say he fled the scene but was spotted nearby and arrested almost immediately by a SEPTA police officer.

The alleged victim, 17-year-old Courtney Wilcox, who was waiting for the train with a family member following a shopping trip, tells CBS3 she was only inches from being thrown onto the tracks before she was able to fight off her attacker and regain her balance. The train was only 10 feet away.

Wilcox says the attack was scary, and she’s convinced that she might have died had she not fought off the suspect.

Assistant District Attorney Mike Barry says his office will make sure that the suspect remains behind bars. Ayala, who lists his address as the city’s homeless shelter, is now being held on $100,000 bail.

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Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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One Comment

  1. Stephanie Patterson says:

    NO ONE did the DA job half as well as LYNN ABRAHAM! This slime-ball should NEVER have seen the light of day, but political correctness and not wanting to infringe upon a criminal’s rights set this low-life free. WHAT ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF THE REST OF US? GLAD I MOVED OUT OF PHILADELPHIA!!!!!!

    1. John says:

      I’m sure Abraham’s fart stains are still in Seth’s chair since he hasn’t been in office that long (do the math!!!). It’s obvious that she’s part of the reason this idiot is still on the streets. The entire DA’s office needs to do a better job!!!

  2. Angelo says:

    Chalk another crime up for the DA Seth Williams’ office. Mr. Williams, DO YOUR JOB, get the career criminals off the street.

  3. Francis Graff says:

    Seth Williams is worried about political misconduct. To the extent he is hiring a new top dawg to create a task force. I say he is so far from what we the people need, and that’s to worry first about the criminals walking around with track records. Here is a guy still streeted and commiting crimes of assault. C’mon Seth, get real, and worry about what’s on the agenda and not what might be. Why are you not seeing our needs now???? Thinking Governor already???

    1. M says:

      Seth Williams is too busy prosecuting Mark Fiorino, the innocent man detained by police because he had a gun on his side. The police later determined Mark broke no laws but Williams filed charges. Thats a waste of money. The bottom line is that the real criminals never end up behind bars. 35 arrests? What’s Williams wait for, this guy to graduate to murder. There is no justice in the city of brotherly love.

      1. John says:

        Oh yeah.. Mark Fiorino model citizen.. gun on the hip and tape recorder in his pocket the streets are bad enough without people like this going out there way to make a mockery of government. He should have been arrested for being a prick!

  4. Ian says:

    F him. Give him the death penalty.

  5. Wot Woo says:

    Toss this loser in a jail cell then throw away the key!

  6. Spartacus says:

    Assistant District Attorney Mike Barry says his office will make sure that the suspect remains behind bars He didn’t say how long. Maybe till next week?

  7. Hater says:

    I guess you actually have to kill someone before the liberals will allow you to remain in jail. Of course you can stay for as long as you like without fear of the death penalty even if it has been suggested by a jury of your peers.. (mumia)

    1. Johan says:

      Hater……I am an unabashed LIBERAL.I believe the drug laws are too tough and a waste of money. I am also against the death penalty primarily because of the cost. I do believe that attempted murder should carry the same sentence as murder. Too often the victim survives because a good surgeon was on that night. Stop painting Liberals with a big brush. We are not weak on crime. We want to see justice. If the wrong person is convicted of a crime justice is not served.

      1. Hater says:

        Johan, Nothing personal but 35 arrests and numerous convictions. How many other crimes without being caught? This happens way too often. Democrat judges, for the most part, are known for their leniency. I think we need the death penalty as a deterrent. Public hangings would make them think twice. I also don’t buy the high cost bull. What’s the cost of an innocent life taken by one of these repeat offenders as was almost the case here.

  8. Tyred says:

    Hmmmm, a career criminal. In and out of jail, how many times.?
    So much for rehabilitation. Individuals like this should be
    euthanized to protect the “general public”. Much like what would
    happen to a rabid animal found roaming the neighborhood.

    1. Hater says:

      That rabid b e a v e r never got a second chance. He won’t bite anyone else.

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