Suspect arrested in death of subway passenger in New York City

Suspect arrested in death of subway passenger in New York City

New York City : NY : USA | Dec 05, 2012 at 12:54 PM PST
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New York City police on Wednesday took into custody a suspect in the death of a subway passenger who was pushed off a platform into the track of a subway that struck and killed him.

The name of the suspect is Naeem Davis, 30, who taken by the police on Tuesday for questioning after a security videotape show a person that matched the description of a man that commited the crime near Rockefeller Center.

Police said Davis made statements that he did push Ki-Suck Han, 58, of Queens off the platform and into the subway tracks below when Han was hit by a R Train traveling southbound on Monday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses told investigators a man was seen talking to himself before he made advanced toward Han at the Times Square station. The two men had an argument and then Han was pushed into the path of the subway tracks.

Freelance photographer R Umar Abbasi said on NBC's "Today" show he tried to tell the subway driver that a passenger was on the tracks by using his communication device approximately 22 seconds before the accident happened.

Abbasi said he was shocked that the other passengers at the subway station did not attempt ot help Han get back on the platform and save his life.

One of the eyewitnesses said the reason they did not attempt to save Han from being hit by the train was because they were afraid to be pushed into the subway train tracks by other persons.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Tuesday the suspect in Han's death had "a psychiatyric problem".

People being pushed off platforms into the path of subways are rare in New York City.

Sources: Associated Press, Colleen Long and Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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A police officer watches pedestrians in the subway station in Times Square
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