Totally heartbreaking, crazy news out of NYC. Yesterday afternoon, tourists and commuters watched with horror as a 58-year-old man named Ki-Suk Han was pushed onto the subway tracks by another man. Police say that after Han was pushed, he tried to climb back up onto the platform a few feet above but died after getting trapped between the train and the platform's edge. Ughhh! What an absolutely horrific tragedy.
While there's no apparent reason why the suspect pushed Han, observers -- and now, surveillance footage -- suggest that Han was arguing with the man who pushed him just moments beforehand. But everyone's pretty sure the two men didn't know one another. So it must've started out as one of those angry confrontations that occur every day in NYC between strangers frustrated with living on top of one another. But the way the incident escalated was anything about everyday ...
According to the AP, subway pushes are actually very unusual. One of the most recent high-profile ones occurred back in 1999 and involved a former mental patient who shoved a woman named Kendra Webdale to her death.
Though police don't yet know anything about the suspect's mental state, I wouldn't be surprised if it came out that he was mentally unstable. To commit an act as horrifying as this, he must have been out of his mind.
Thankfully, the police seem to have a good deal of evidence on their side and information for tracking him down. He's been described as a black male in his 20s or 30s, around 5 feet 10 inches, weighing approximately 240 pounds. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, a down coat, and a beanie-style knit cap. The man is also described as having short dreadlocks.
That said, fingers crossed authorities are able to catch the assailant ASAP and get him off the streets where he could very well be a threat to others.
Here's a local news report on the story ...
What are your thoughts on this tragedy?
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