Thai model says 'she's lucky to be alive' after brutal subway attack

EXCLUSIVE: Thai model, 23, who just moved to NYC says ‘she’s lucky to be alive’ after being put in chokehold, punched in face and robbed of her purse by mugger on subway platform – but refuses to give up on Big Apple despite rampant crime

  • Bew Jirajariyawetch, 23, was brutally attacked while waiting for a subway on the 34th Street Herald Square subway platform on November 22nd
  • She told DailyMail.com that she was returning to her home in Queens after she went to see Daboyway, a Thai-American rapper, in concert
  • She can’t recall many specifics of the attack – most likely due to shock and trauma – but she said repeatedly that she is ‘lucky to be alive.’
  •  Her attorney shared her story to ‘put pressure on the NYPD,’ ‘get more tips leading to an arrest’ and to ‘put more focus on this disturbing trend of violence’
  • Her attacker, who choked her, threw her to the ground, sexually assaulted her and stole her purse, has yet to be apprehended 
  • ‘There are so many cameras in the subway station to track but they don’t seem to be working,’ Jirajariyawetch told DailyMail.com 
  • ‘I don’t want anyone else to go through this or be hurt by this person. This can not keep happening’
  • Crime in New York City is up four percent from last year, according to the latest figures from the New York Police Department 

An aspiring model who moved from her native Thailand to pursue her dreams in the Big Apple said she is ‘lucky to be alive’ – in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com – after a brutal beating in the subway by a deranged mugger last month.  

Bew Jirajariyawetch, 23, was grabbed from behind in a chokehold, thrown to the ground, punched in the face and robbed of her purse around 4 am at the 34th Street Herald Square station on November 22 in a shocking attack caught on video that captured the out-of-control crime plaguing the city. 

The mugger, who police have yet to identify, can be seen dragging Jirajariyawetch along the northbound platform servicing the D, F, N and Q lines before throwing her to the ground. 

Jirajariyawetch, who moved from Thailand this summer to study at the Global ESL Academy, told DailyMail.com that she was returning to her home in Queens after she went to see Daboyway, a Thai-American rapper, in concert. 

The attack is a blur but she said over and over that she is ‘lucky to be alive.’

‘There were so many police officers at the subway after the attack but no one was there before. I don’t want anyone else to go through this or be hurt by this person. This can not keep happening.’ 

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On November 22, a crazed man brutally attacked Bew Jirajariyawetch, 23 (pictured), while she waited for the subway on the 34th Street Herald Square subway platform

This week, Jirajariyawetch (pictured) said she finally built up the courage to return to the B train subway line where she was attacked. Moving to the New York City, the modeling and fashion capital of the world, was a ‘natural decision’ for her

The assailant, who police have yet to identify, can be seen dragging the 23-year-old woman to a more open area on the platform before throwing her to the ground around 4 am at the 34th Street Herald Square subway station

The man holds her down as he feels about her body, then punches her in the head four times, her purse in his other hand, before briskly walking away

This week, Jirajariyawetch said she finally built up the courage to return to the  subway line where she was attacked as she refuses to give up on a modeling career.

Moving to the New York City was a ‘natural decision’ for her, according to her attorney Eric Parnes. 

‘Bew does not want this negative experience to discourage her thoughts on New York,’ Parnes told DailyMail.com.

‘Bew has been unquestionably traumatized. She has been struggling with a lack of appetite and persistent nightmares,’ he said. 

‘Living in a foreign country without family is already a difficult situation let alone coping with such an unwarranted act of violence. However, Bew finds strength in speaking out about this and continues to push forward with her aspirations.’ 

He shared her story to ‘put pressure on the NYPD,’ ‘get more tips leading to an arrest’ and to ‘put more focus on this disturbing trend of violence.’

Jirajariyawetch just moved from Thailand this summer to study at the Global ESL Academy

New York City Crime Stoppers have released a short clip of the unidentified man jumping a subway turnstile before the attack, and are offering a reward of $3,500 for information that leads to his arrest

In the harrowing video, the mugger holds her down as he punches her in the head four times, sexually assaults her and snatches her purse, before briskly walking away. 

Jirajariyawetch can be seen sitting up, dazed, and getting to her feet before the surveillance video cuts off. She said he took all the money she had on her and her personal identification, but left her iPhone.

New York City Crime Stoppers released a short clip of the cold-hearted thief jumping a subway turnstile before the attack, and are offering a reward of $3,500 for information that leads to his arrest.

‘There are so many cameras in the subway station to track but they don’t seem to be working,’ Jirajariyawetch told DailyMail.com. 

‘Living in a foreign country without family is already a difficult situation let alone coping with such an unwarranted act of violence,’ said her attorney, Eric Parnes. ‘However, Bew finds strength in speaking out about this and continues to push forward with her aspirations’

‘Bew has been unquestionably traumatized. She has been struggling with a lack of appetite and persistent nightmares,’ her attorney said

‘There were so many Police officers at the subway after the attack but no one was there before, said Jirajariyawetch, pictured. ‘I don’t want anyone else to go through this or be hurt by this person. This can not keep happening’

Akeem Loney is pictured left with his coach Reed Fox who described him as ‘one of the best street soccer players I’ve ever seen.’ He was fatally stabbed in the neck at Penn Station the day before Jirajariyawetch was brutalized

New York City saw a surge in violent assaults on the subway when she was attacked, with a 45 percent increase in the past 28 days as compared to last year. That week, a 141 percent increase was reported for transit crime. 

The day before Jirajariyawetch was robbed, soccer player Akeem Loney, 32, was fatally stabbed in the neck at Penn Station at around 12.15am. Loney, who was homeless, had been lying down or napping on one of the subway seats when was attacked. 

Police are also hunting for a man who allegedly threatened to kill a woman on the subway with two wooden spikes after making ‘anti-white statements’ late last month.

The suspect wielded the large shivs at a 46-year-old woman near the 59th Street subway station in Manhattan, cops said.

The man, who has an ankh hieroglyphic symbol on his face, was traveling on the subway at 7.20am on the 4 train on November 29.           

A man was bloodied following a brutal attack on a Midtown subway platform on December 3

A thug who allegedly threatened to kill a woman on the New York subway with two wooden spikes late last month after making ‘anti-white statements’ is being hunted by police

Earlier this month, a man was left bloodied after a brutal attack on the northbound platform of the 49th Street station, which serves the city’s N and R trains. 

The victim suffered obvious injuries to his head and was pictured sitting on the train station floor with bandages covering his eyes and forehead.

His attacker, a bald man wearing jeans, black boots and a black trench coat, appeared to smirk at the camera as he was guided in to the back of the police cruiser.

Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on the rise in subway crime as the city swells with holiday travelers.

‘These individual incidents are very troubling,’ the lame-duck mayor said.

‘I understand they do give people pause, and our job has to be, constantly, to get out there, show presence, reassure people through action.’ 

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