NEW YORK — A New York man was charged with murder and denied bail yesterday for pushing a subway rider onto the tracks ahead of an oncoming train in a tragedy that has traumatised witnesses and raised questions about why nobody rushed to the victim’s aid.
Naeem Davis, 30, was charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of second degree murder with depraved indifference, New York City police said.
He was ordered held without bail pending a second court appearance on December 11, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Lynn Kottler said at a hearing late yesterday.
Monday’s incident — captured in dramatic photographs with the train bearing down on the hapless victim — has struck a nerve among riders of the subway used by over five million riders a day who are often jostled by strangers on crowded platforms.
Davis was accused of pushing Ki-Suck Han, 58, onto the tracks as a southbound train pulled into the 49th Street station. He was due to appear in New York State Supreme Court later on Wednesday or Thursday.
Davis was first brought in for questioning on Tuesday, during which he “implicated himself in the incident”, according to Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.
Amateur video showed Davis and Han arguing moments before Han was shoved.
“He attacked me first,” Davis told reporters as officers escorted him to jail on Wednesday. “He grabbed me.”
A reporter for PIX11 television news, which captured Davis’ comments, asked if he intended to kill Han, and Davis responded, “No.” (Reuters)