Forest Hills, Queens- Police have arrested a Queens woman and charged her with Second Degree Murder, as a Hate Crime, in connection to the subway shoving death of a Sunando Sen, 46, of Queens.
The Queens District Attorney says the woman is Erika Menendez, 31, of Rego Park, Queens.
With her hands cuffed behind her back, Menendez was screaming when she saw the cluster of cameras awaiting her transfer from the 112th Precinct to Queens Criminal Court on Saturday night.
Menendez’ family refused to talk with PIX11 at her Rego Park apartment complex, where a resident says she lives with her mother and stepfather.
While some reports point to a history of mental illness, police will not comment on that.
They will say, however, that Menendez admitted to pushing Sen on to the tracks, 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.”
Police got Menendez’s image from surveillance video of the 40th street subway station in Sunnyside that captured the suspect running away moments after she shoved a man onto the 7 line train tracks.
Police released the video Friday and someone reportedly recognized her and tipped off cops when they saw her in Brooklyn.
It was around 8pm on Thursday when Sen, a Manhattan print shop owner, was waiting for the 7 train when police say, Menendez came up behind him and shoved him onto the tracks.
He was hit by the oncoming train and died.
Sen was born in India and he was raised Hindu.
Menendez faces a maximum of 25 years to life if convicted.