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‘Get these nuts off the street’

'Get these nuts off the street'

A Manhattan man who was shoved onto subway tracks by an unhinged stranger had a message for Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday: “Get these nuts off the street.”

Randall Weaver, 60, called on the mayor to do more to keep commuters safe amid a wave of unprovoked attacks on the transit system.

“We need protection,” Weaver said on Monday, his arm still in a sling because of injuries he sustained in Saturday morning’s harrowing incident.

“Just be careful and just get these nuts off the street, that’s all.”

A Parks Department employee for over 15 years, Weaver had been heading to work at around 5:15 a.m. when a man pushed him from the platform at the 135th Street station.

Weaver said he never saw the maniac coming.

“He didn’t say nothing to me. He was quiet,” the Harlem resident recalled. “It was just one of those things, just the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Having hurt his arm and shoulder in the fall, Weaver couldn’t pull himself back up onto the platform — but luckily, three bystanders stepped in to help, he said.

“I thank them very much because another 10 minutes, 15 minutes the train probably could’ve been coming,” Weaver noted.

Even after the chilling experience, Weaver said he got back onto a train to head to work — but was forced to turn around because of pain to his arm.

He returned to the station where he’d been attacked.

Police were also at the scene, having nabbed the alleged assailant, whom Weaver was able to identify.

“He needs to be locked up,” Weaver said of the brute.

Randall Weaver who was a victim of a subway shoving attack at the 135th Street and Lenox Avenue station on May 8, 2021.
Randall Weaver who was a victim of a subway shoving attack at the 135th Street and Lenox Avenue station on May 8, 2021.
Lorena Mongelli/N.Y.Post

Just before he was shoved, Weaver had spotted his attacker getting off a No. 2 train that he’d missed, and recalled noticing the guy “acting all crazy.”

“The guy got off the train talking garbage, came to the turnstiles, he knocked on the token booth glass like he wanted to break it,” Weaver remembered.

“Then he came back to the other side, quiet calm, no problem at all,” Weaver said. “I was caught way off guard.”

Moving forward, Weaver said he’ll stand on the other side of the turnstiles until a train comes in — so that he doesn’t have to wait on the platform.

“I got no choice, this is the only way I get to work,” he said of venturing back on the transit system.

In addition to hurting his arm and shoulder, Weaver said he also suffered bruises and a bump to the head. He has yet to return to work because of his injuries.

While he thanked the NYPD “with all my heart,” Weaver said he didn’t understand why officials weren’t focusing their efforts on protecting straphangers.

“It don’t make no sense because right now, everybody is gonna be scared to get on the trains,” he said.

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