NEW YORK (AP) – A woman accused of pushing a man to his death in front of a subway train was charged Saturday with murder as a hate crime.
Police arrested Erica Menendez on Saturday after a passer-by on a street noticed she resembled the woman seen in a surveillance video.
A spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Menendez told authorities she hates Hindus and Muslims.
The victim, Sunando Sen was from India, but it’s unclear if he was Muslim or Hindu.
Sen, who lived in Queens and ran a printing shop, was killed Thursday night. Witnesses said a muttering woman pushed him on the tracks as a 7 train entered a Queens station and then ran off.
Menendez was in custody Saturday and couldn’t be reached for comment. It was unclear if she had an attorney.
“It’s just a really sad commentary on the world and on human beings, period,” said Howard Roth, who takes the subway daily.