Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Woman charged with subway murder

The 40th St Lowry Sreett Station, where a man died after he was pushed on to the subway tracks (AP)
The 40th St Lowry Sreett Station, where a man died after he was pushed on to the subway tracks (AP)

A woman accused of pushing an immigrant from India to his death in front of a subway train has been charged with murder as a hate crime.

Police arrested Erika Menendez after a passer-by on a street noticed she resembled the woman seen in a surveillance video.

A spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A Brown said Menendez told authorities she hates Hindus and Muslims.

Subway shoving victim Sunando Sen was from India, but it is unclear if he was Muslim or Hindu. Mr Sen, who lived in the borough of Queens and ran a printing shop, was killed on Thursday night.

Witnesses said a muttering woman pushed him on the tracks as a number seven train entered a Queens station and then ran off.

It was unclear whether the woman who pushed Mr Sen had any connection to him. Witnesses told police the two had not interacted on the platform as they waited for the Seven train, which runs between Manhattan and Queens.

Police released security camera video showing the woman running from the station where Mr Sen was killed.

A passer-by noticed a woman who resembled the woman in the video and called police. Police responded and confirmed her identity and took her to a police station, where she made statements implicating herself in the crime, police spokesman Paul Browne said.

The attack was the second time this month that a man was pushed to his death in a city subway station.

A homeless man was arrested in early December and accused of shoving a man in front of a train in Times Square. He claimed he acted in self-defence and is awaiting trial.

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