Arraignment in death at LIRR station in Bellmore
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A Roosevelt man charged in connection with the death of a Freeport man found on LIRR tracks was ordered to stay in jail and placed on suicide watch after his arraignment Sunday morning.
Niheim Levy, 34, was charged with felony murder and first-degree robbery in First District Court in Hempstead.
Assistant District Attorney Everett Witherell said Levy punched the victim and that the two fought before the defendant robbed him on the tracks by the Long Island Rail Road station in Bellmore.
Public defender Jenna Suppon said Levy has worked for a moving company the past 12 years.
Levy is due back in court Wednesday.
Police, who had received a call at 4:50 a.m. Saturday that the 49-year-old victim had suffered a seizure on the platform, said a verbal dispute between him and Levy turned into a fight, and the victim fell onto the tracks.
The cause of death is unclear, an MTA spokesman said.
A joint investigation by Metropolitan Transportation Authority police and Nassau County police led to Levy's arrest.Levy spent 15 days in jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false personation in 2004. The following year, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of marijuana for which he served 15 days. In 2006, Levy pleaded guilty and spent two months in jail for attempted criminal mischief.