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4 Who Helped Catch The Subway Attack Suspect Now Needs Help


Last month, Ms Flores, 37, dropped her youngest daughter off at school and boarded an N train at 59th Street in Brooklyn, bound for work on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She chose the second car because she was very pregnant and tired, and she wanted a seat where she could take a nap.

Soon smoke filled the air and she caught her breath. A man laughed and said they were all going to die. There were booms as other commuters ran towards her side of the car, she said.

“At that moment, I just felt this fear inside of me,” she said. “I got my phone and started recording videos.”

Sharing the tapes with the police might have seemed an ordinary act, but doing so was audacious for Ms Flores, who is the subject of a deportation order issued after immigration officers raided a train Amtrak which she drove in 2000. Ms Flores said she never received a hearing notice and only learned of it years later.

After the shooting, however, all she could think about was her unborn child.

“I wanted him to be okay,” she said. “I wasn’t thinking ‘Oh, something’s going to happen to me if I talk to them.'”

His attorney, Mr. Gomez Alfaro, plans to ask a Buffalo, NY immigration court to lift the deportation order and said he is optimistic due to recent federal guidelines to end the cases of deportation against people with no criminal history.

But, he said, the city needs to speed up the paperwork in support of his application for a U visa, which is reserved for victims of crimes including assault and attempted murder. Applicants must present a statement to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services from a law enforcement agency confirming that they assisted in the investigation.

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