NEW YORK: Detectives in New York are searching for a female suspect who fled a subway station after a man was fatally pushed in front of a train on an elevated platform in Queens, N.Y.
At 8:04 p.m. on Thursday an unnamed male passenger was standing on the northbound platform of the 40th Street and Queens Blvd. in Queens, waiting for the 7 train. Witnesses told police that a woman was walking back and forth on the platform and talking to herself before she took a seat on a wooden bench on the platform.
As the 7 train approached the station, witnesses said the woman rose from the bench and pushed the man, who was standing with his back to her.
“They said that [she] pushed somebody to the tracks,” Jiovanni Briones, who owns restaurant across the street from the station, told WABC. “Who knows, maybe it was a fight?”
Witnesses told police that the victim did not notice the woman behind him. He was struck by the first of the 11-car train, with his body pinned under the front of the second car as the train came to a stop, according to a statement from Deputy Commissioner Paul Brown.
After pushing the man onto the platform the woman then fled down two separate stair cases to Queens Blvd. She was described as wearing a blue, white and grey ski jacket, and grey and red Nike sneakers.
It is unclear if the two knew each other, or whether anyone on the platform attempted to help the man off the platform before he was struck by the train.
Police said that there was no video of the incident or suspect from the station itself, but detectives are now canvassing locations along Queens Blvd for witnesses and surveillance video.
Thursday’s death marks the second incident this month of a man being killed after being pushed onto subway tracks and killed by an oncoming train.
On Dec. 3, 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han was tossed onto the subway track at 49th Street and Seventh Avenue around 12:30 p.m. after an altercation with a man who was later identified as 30-year-old Naeem Davis. Davis has been charged with murder in Han’s death and was ordered held without bail.