Trans Woman Has Turned Herself In For Attacking Passengers On New York Subway
After being captured on camera attacking subway riders in New York, a woman has decided to turn herself over to police.
While assaulting a 28-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, she turned to the passengers filming the incident on their smartphones and said “Make sure you get my good side.”
The attack occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on December 18 on an A train near the Jay Street stop in Brooklyn.
In the footage, 28-year-old Merci Chrisette can be seen getting into an argument with a fellow passenger.
“Do you want to know what’s going to happen when I get off this train?” she says. “I’m going to cut you, and I’m going to get away with it.”
Then, she takes a break from the verbal sparring to look straight into the eye of the person filming to say, “Hi, I’m used to the camera. Make sure you get my good side.”
Then, she removes a sharp object from her purse and scratches two men, both of whom were traveling together.
The New York Daily News reports that neither of the victims needed medical attention.
According to Gothamist, Chrisette — who also goes by the name Chrissy Jackson and the nickname Isla — fled the train at the Nostrand Avenue stop.
A friend of one of the victims claims the fight began because her friend was holding the same pole that Chrisette was leaning on.
When video footage of the attack was posted online, Chrisette turned herself into police.
After footage of the video appeared online, Chrisette handed herself in to police yesterday. She has been charged with assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon.
Prior to turning herself in, she posted a message on Facebook, insisting that the video footage hadn’t caught the entire exchange and saying she wanted to make a public apology.
The post reads:
“First of all let me say that I not normally a violent person… There was more to this story that was not captured in the beginning.
I see a lot of hate and it makes me sad because all I ever believed in was peace and love. However, society has chosen to shun and discriminate against me.
I will be doing the right thing very soon but in turn hope that in the future society learns to be kind toward the LGBT community because we are human as well.
I would like to make a public apology and please pray for me and respect my privacy at this time. Thank you and happy holidays.”
Watch video of the incident below.