For the second time in a month, a man has been killed by being pushed in front of a New York City subway, this time by a woman who apparently stalked the victim and then fled the scene.
Thursday's death occurred at 8 p.m. in the borough of Queens on a subway line that connects with Manhattan.
According to witnesses, the woman had been closely following the unidentified man. He was standing on the subway platform with his back to her and did not seem to notice her. She took a seat on a bench and waited until the last possible moment to approach the man from behind and shove him in front of the onrushing train, according to New York City police.
The man was found crushed under one of the cars. Police said the condition of his body made it difficult to establish his identity. His name still had not been released Friday morning.
It was unclear if the two knew one another. Police said witnesses told them that no words were exchanged between the woman and the victim.
As soon as she pushed the man onto the tracks, the woman ran from the platform, past the turnstiles, down a flight of stairs, and to the street. She was described as Hispanic, heavyset, about 5-foot-5. She wore a white and gray ski jacket and Nike sneakers. Police released surveillance video of her running into the street.
On Dec. 6, police arrested 30-year-old Naeem Davis and charged him with second-degree murder for shoving a man onto the tracks at a Manhattan subway station near Times Square three days before. Ki-Suk Han, a 58-year-old Queens resident, was struck by an oncoming train as he struggled to climb back on to the train platform. The two had apparently been arguing.
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