The MAGA maniac who punched a Mexican immigrant and shoved him onto the Union Square subway tracks last week was once convicted of murder in Virginia, prosecutors revealed Friday.
Willie Ames, 47, a parolee from Staten Island with family ties to the Wu-Tang Clan, attacked a construction worker in front of 25 witnesses because of the victim's Mexican heritage, prosecutors charge.
"These are extremely serious and violent charges," the prosecutor, Christopher Rivet, said during Ames' arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.
But Ames lawyer implied her client was somehow provoked by the victim.
"Mr. Ames maintains that he was not an instigator of this incident," said his attorney, Eliza Orlins.
In addition to the Virginia murder conviction, Ames has a long criminal history in New York, including a 2008 arrest where he was charged with throwing bleach at people in a deli, a 2011 attempted robbery conviction, and a 2015 bust where cops said he stabbed a man over a dice game.
The charges in the 2015 case were dismissed and sealed, sources said.
On April 20th, Ames, sporting a red "Make America Great Again" hat and shirt, got on an uptown No. 4 train and sat next to victim Luis Lopez, who was riding with a friend.
Ames turned to the two men and began spewing racist epithets, prosecutors charge.
"F---ing Mexicans. You people are dirty. You people are nasty," Ames said, according to court papers.
At Union Square, Ames allegedly grabbed Lopez by his clothing, pulled him onto the subway platform and punched him three times in the face, before throwing him onto the train tracks.
Prosecutors say they have video showing Lopez being "tossed in the air" and landing on the tracks
Ames, who was nabbed Thursday, is charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.
"I don't know why he targeted me," Lopez told the Daily News Monday. "He started yelling that I was there to take his job and that we bring drugs here."
Lopez, who emigrated from Mexico six years ago, needed staples to close a cut to his scalp, according to court papers. He was treated at Bellevue Hospital.
"Thank God there wasn't a train coming — it would have been a sure death,” he said Monday.
In court, Ames wore gray sweatpants, black sweatshirt — and no Trump paraphernalia. Judge Suzanne Adams ordered him held without bail.