Cops: We got the teens who shoved this 81-year-old onto the tracks

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Police say they nabbed two crooks who stole an iPhone from an 81-year-old man and pushed him onto the subway tracks at the Lorimer Street J train station on Feb. 17.

Cops cuffed Jaqua Sowells, 17, and Taheen Herkul, 15, both from a Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg, on Thursday on charges of attempted murder, robbery and felony assault.

Moore Street resident Andrew Wang told cops that he was on the Brooklyn-bound platform at 11:30 am, when one teenager approached him and snatched his iPhone. Wang claims he chased after the crook, but the teen’s accomplice pushed him off the platform and onto the tracks, he said.

The thieves made off with the cell and emergency responders rescued the octogenarian and took him to Woodhull Hospital, where he received treatment for injuries to his leg, chest and arm.

Wang told our sister publication the New York Post that he “learned kung fu” when he was 10 years old, but “couldn’t remember how to do it” when the crook shoved him onto the tracks.

He feels like forgiving the teens — but he also said he wants his iPhone back.

“[The robbers] are young and have a lot of chances to do good,” Wang said. “They can still turn their lives around.”

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.

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manhatposeur from Portlyn Lakes Park says:
Keep dreaming,
these ghetto fools deserved to be locked up.
Feb. 24, 2012, 8:51 am
Nuts from the Can says:
Jaqua Taheen =
Feb. 24, 2012, 9:20 am
jinx from bk says:
time to go back to the 36th chamber grandpa and re-up your skill sets!
Feb. 24, 2012, 1:11 pm
Person from Brooklyn says:
They should be compacted in the back of a garbage tuck.
Feb. 24, 2012, 3:19 pm
o3 says:
wonder how many people stood around & watched ?
Feb. 24, 2012, 3:47 pm
tom from slope says:
these punks should be put to sleep.
Feb. 24, 2012, 5:44 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
i really never understood why certain women are not spayed - look at their spawn
Feb. 25, 2012, 9:34 am
bushwick thinkers from bushwick says:
Just because they black dont mean squat ! So stop the racist comment LOSERS !
Feb. 25, 2012, 12:15 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
the black was a deduction from the names - not irish, italian or jewish
Feb. 25, 2012, 9:23 pm
Janet from Brooklyn Heights says:
I sincerely hope that these blacks or Jews are brought to justice.
Feb. 26, 2012, 8:20 am
okd rimw brooklyn from alope says:
The 4:47 am post was not me
Feb. 26, 2012, 10:01 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
Jews do mot name kids Tyrone lol or Jaqua ornTaheen - corron pickin
Feb. 26, 2012, 7:36 pm
Pawian from Greenpoint says:
What, no mug shots for Jaqua and Taheen?
I thought for sure they were Polish Americans.
Never ceases to amaze me all these: '...that be raciss!'
outrage, over people who dislike the fact that an old man could be pushed to his death, because these fine young-uns decided they wanted to 'get paid' that day.
Funny how these non-stop robberies and assaults, on a certain demographic, because they 'deserve to get robbed,' is never 'raciss': only observing the daily reality of this fact is 'raciss'.
Feb. 27, 2012, 4:18 pm
Tylo from LIC says:
^^ Exactly.
The most recent article reported that Jaques or WHATever also has three priors (assault and robbery) and both for drug sales/possession.. disgusting given their ages. I hope their families are proud.
Feb. 29, 2012, 11:39 am

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