New York Police Arrest Woman For Subway Hate Crime Killing

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    Police in New York have arrested a woman in connection with the death of a man pushed in front of a subway train.

    Prosecutors said Erika Menendez, 31, was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime.

    She is alleged to have said that she hates Hindus and Muslims.

    The victim, 46-year-old Sunando Sen, originally came from India. Witnesses said he was standing on a platform at a Queens subway station when a woman shoved him on to the tracks.

    Mr Sen was a resident of Queens and ran a printing business on the Upper West Side.

    Prosecutors said in a statement that Ms Menendez, from the Bronx, admitted pushing the victim, saying: “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.”

    Queens District Attorney Richard A Brown said that, according to the charges, Ms Menendez was seen talking to herself while seated on a bench at the subway station and was also seen pacing on the platform and muttering to herself.

    “The defendant is accused of committing what is every subway commuter’s worst nightmare – being suddenly and senselessly pushed into the path of an oncoming train,” he said.

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