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Naeem Davis arrested in NYC subway-pushing death

Naeem Davis, the suspect in the New York

Naeem Davis, the suspect in the New York Subway pushing incident, is led into Manhattan Criminal Court by Police in Manhattan. (Dec. 5, 2012) Credit: EPA

Police arrested a homeless man Wednesday, saying he pushed a Queens father onto the subway tracks at a midtown Manhattan station where the victim was fatally struck by a southbound train.

Naeem Davis, 30, is charged with second-degree murder, intentional, and second-degree murder, depraved indifference, in connection with the Monday death of Ki-Suck Han, 58, of Elmhurst, NYPD officials said.

Davis was arraigned Wednesday night and was ordered to be held without bail.

Police said that Davis implicated himself in the Queens resident's death during questioning by detectives Tuesday night, hours after he was taken into custody at West 50th Street and Seventh Avenue in midtown.

The suspect was apprehended about a block from the 49th Street subway station where Han was pushed to his death at about 12:30 p.m. Monday in front of a train before horrified onlookers.

A police official would not say what the suspect told detectives.

A subway passenger's video of the moments before the push shows a man, identified by police as Han, in a heated argument with another man. In the video, the unidentified man is shown yelling profanities and telling Han to leave him alone.

Moments later, witnesses told police, the man pushed the Elmhurst resident from the platform. Other subway riders reported hearing the assailant talking to himself before pushing Han, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Han survived the fall to the well of the tracks, but he could not climb back onto the platform before he was struck by a train pulling into the station. Han was in Manhattan on Monday to renew his Korean passport, according to police.

His daughter, Ashley Han, 20, said Wednesday that she wished somebody would have come to his aid, but added, "What's done is done."

"The thought of someone helping him up in a matter of seconds would have been great," she said, according to The Associated Press.

Lorraine Condos, still visibly shaken by the death, said she was getting off the train after it struck Han.

Condos, of Manhattan, said a man in an orange jacket was directing people after she exited the train.

"Everyone was very solemn, very orderly, I was surprised. No one was rushing," she said.

With Igor Kossov, Maria Alvarez and Gary Dymski

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