A homeless drifter was in custody Wednesday after confessing to pushing a Queens, New York father onto a Times Square subway track where he was struck by a train and killed
Naeem Davis, 30, pushed Ki Suk Han into the path of an oncoming Q train, he told police, and that he "stayed and watched" as Han was fatally crushed to the horror of onlookers, a law-enforcement source told the New York Post.
"He said he heard his torso snap and he knew he was dead," the police source told the Post.
Other sources said Davis showed no remorse for the killing, after his capture.
A transit police captain recognized Davis from surveillance footage. Police nabbed him around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Davis told police he and Han "bumped into each other and started arguing before getting to the turnstiles" and then continued to argue when they reached the platform. Sources said that Davis claims he acted in self defense.
"I begged him to leave me alone and he wouldn't. He wouldn't stay away and I pushed him," Davis allegedly tools police, according the the Post.
Han's wife said the couple had been in an argument when he left their Queens home for Manhattan on the day of his death. She added that he was drunk and angry. Police investigators said they found a bottle of vodka on his body later.
The operator of the train, Terrence Legree, told the New York Daily News that he did everything he could have done to stop the train and save Han’s life.
“I saw the guy, and I did what I was trained to do,” Legree said. “You’re hopeful you’re going to stop, but you don’t have control of the train at that point. If someone can be saved, you have to do what you have to do.”
Legree is a 21-year veteran of the Metropolitan Transit Authority and was promoted to motorman 14 years ago. He has never struck someone before.
On Tuesday, there was public outrage directed toward the New York Post for its front page photograph
of the victim taken seconds before he was killed.
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