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Man Pushed From NYC Train Platform to His Death

 A man was crushed to death in New York after a woman shoved him into the path of an oncoming subway train.

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NEW YORK — A woman charged with pushing a man to his death in front of a train in Queens had previously attacked two people, the New York Times reports.

31-year-old Erika Menendez has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in connection with the subway death.

Sunando Sen, 46, was waiting for the No. 7 train last Thursday evening when Menendez allegedly came up behind him and shoved him onto the tracks.

Witnesses said a woman paced the platform and talked to herself shortly before pushing the man as the 11-car train entered the station.

Sen’s body was pinned under the second car after it came to a stop.

Police got Menendez’s image from surveillance video of the 40th street subway station that captured the suspect running away moments later.

Police released the video Friday and someone reportedly recognized her and tipped off cops when they saw her in Brooklyn.

Menendez made “statements implicating herself in the death of Sunando Sen,” said Paul Browne, the New York Police Department’s chief spokesman.

She allegedly told police, “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims… Ever since 2001 when they put down the Twin Towers, I’ve been beating them up.”

The Queens District Attorney said Menendez was incoherent at her arraignment. At one point she was laughing out loud, out of control.

Menendez has been arrested three times before: twice for violence and once for drug possession, police said.

She attacked a retired firefighter while he was emptying his trash, according to the New York Times. That attack came months after she hit and scratched another man.

“I was covered with blood,” the firefighter told the Times. “She was screaming the whole time… I think I would have been dead if she had a weapon.”

Menendez was ordered held without bail at her arraignment, and she will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Sen, of Queens, owned a shop called New Amsterdam Copies and was a graphic designer for posters, said roommate Ar Suman.

His death comes the same month that another man, 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han, was killed after being shoved onto the tracks in a Times Square station.

Naeem Davis, 30, a homeless man, has been charged with second-degree murder in that case.

NEW YORK CITY — A 31-year-old Bronx woman has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in the death of a man shoved in front of a subway train, Queens prosecutors said Saturday.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown identified the woman as Erika Menendez. She was awaiting arraignment.

“(She) said in sum and substance ‘I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up,’” the prosecutor said in a statement.

Witnesses said a woman paced the platform and talked to herself Thursday evening shortly before pushing the man as the 11-car train entered the station. The 46-year-old man’s body was pinned under the second car after it came to a stop.

The woman made “statements implicating herself in the death of Sunando Sen,” Paul Browne, the New York Police Department’s chief spokesman, said earlier. Security video showed a person running from the scene.

Menendez was identified Saturday afternoon in a lineup, Browne said. She was recognized earlier in the day on a street in Brooklyn by a passer-by who called 911, the police spokesman said. The caller said she resembled the woman in the video.

“The defendant is accused of committing what is every subway commuter’s worst nightmare — being suddenly and senselessly pushed into the path of an oncoming train,” said Brown, the district attorney. “The victim was allegedly shoved from behind and had no chance to defend himself. Beyond that, the hateful remarks allegedly made by the defendant and which precipitated the defendant’s actions can never be tolerated by a civilized society.”

It was not clear Saturday evening whether Menendez had obtained an attorney.

Sen, of Queens, owned a shop called New Amsterdam Copies and was a graphic designer for posters, said Ar Suman, Sen’s roommate.

In early December, Ki-Suck Han, 58, was shoved onto the tracks in a Times Square station as a train approached.

Naeem Davis, 30, a homeless man, has been charged with second-degree murder in that case.

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subway-push-picNEW YORK — A man was crushed to death Thursday night in New York after a woman shoved him into the path of an oncoming subway train.

It was the second time this month that a commuter was killed after being pushed onto the tracks.

The incident occurred in Queens just after 8 p.m., when a man waiting for the No. 7 elevated train was pushed to his death by a woman who had been mumbling to herself, the New York Police Department said.

“Witnesses said she was walking back and forth on the platform, talking to herself, before taking a seat alone on a wooden bench near the north end of the platform,” Paul J. Browne, NYPD deputy commissioner, said in a statement.

“When the train pulled into the station, the suspect rose from the bench and pushed the man, who was standing with his back to her, onto the tracks into the path of the train. The victim appeared not to notice her, according to witnesses.”

The victim is identified as 46-year-old Sunando Sen, who was from India and lived in Queens.

“He was struck by the first of the 11-car train, with his body pinned under the front of the second car as the train came to a stop,” Browne said.

Police described the woman, who fled, as a heavy-set Latina, approximately 5 foot 5, with brown or blond hair.

She was described as wearing a blue, white and gray ski jacket, and Nike sneakers, gray on top, red on bottom.

On Dec. 3, Ki-Suck Han was crushed by an oncoming train at a subway station in Midtown Manhattan.

Han, 58, had been on his way to the South Korean Consulate to renew his passport when, witnesses said, he became involved in an argument with a man who had been harassing people waiting on the subway platform.

Han was pushed onto the tracks, his final moments captured by a photographer.

A man authorities described as homeless, Naeem Davis, 30, was arrested two days later and charged with second-degree murder.

-The Morning Call

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