A New York man was pushed to his death in front of a subway train at a station in the borough of Queens in the second such fatality this month, according to police.
Police said Friday that Sunando Sen was pushed from the platform the night before. The 46-year-old Sen was from India and lived alone in Queens.
Investigators identified him through a smartphone and a prescription pill bottle he was carrying when he was struck by a 7 train. His family in India has been notified.
Police are searching homeless shelters and psychiatric units for the woman believed to have pushed him. Witnesses say she was mumbling before she shoved him without warning.
Sen was pushed onto the tracks shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday into the path of a No. 7 train at the subway stop at Queens Boulevard and 40th Street, said Paul Browne, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department.
His body remained under the train for at least two hours after the incident while police investigated, said Lt. John Grimpel, another police spokesman.
The suspect is a heavy-set Hispanic woman, approximately 5 feet 5 five inches tall with brown or blonde hair, Browne said. She was wearing a blue, white and gray ski coat and was wearing Nike shoes that were gray on top with red soles, according to Browne. Witnesses said the woman was walking behind the victim, mumbling, before she pushed him, Browne said.
“It’s the urban nightmare,” Browne said. There is “no trend” of such pushings, he said, referring to the Dec. 3 death of a man pushed onto the tracks of an oncoming train in Manhattan.
Naeem Davis, 30, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han after that incident. The New York Post reported that Davis said he was coaxed into shoving Han onto the tracks by voices in his head he couldn’t control.
“It’s sometimes in the back of peoples’ minds because of the incident preceding this one, but there’s no indication that it is related in any way or inspired it,” Browne said of yesterday’s death.
He said earlier this week that there were 414 murders in New York City through Dec. 23, a 19 percent decrease from last year and fewer than the previous low of 471 reached in 2009.
Barring a sudden spike in violence in the last week of the year, 2012 will mark the lowest murder total since comparable records began in 1963, Browne said. There were 2,262 murders in 1990, according to data posted on the police department’s website.
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