Thursday, December 6, 2012

NYC Murder Caught On Camera

NYC Man Pushed In Front Of Oncoming Train After A Brief Argument
Re-printed from a story at The New York Daily News on December 6th 2012

Naeem Davis is arrested for the senseless murder of Ki Suk Han.

The confessed subway psycho killer hid Wednesday behind a warped defense: The victim made me do it.

“He attacked me first. ... He grabbed me,” claimed accused murderer Naeem Davis, 30, as cops walked the handcuffed suspect past reporters outside the Midtown North Precinct.

The oft-arrested Davis was charged with two counts of murder after pushing Queens father Ki-Suck Han into the path of a downtown "Q" train at the 49th St.-Seventh Ave. station on Monday December 4th 2012. He was arraigned and held without bail late Wednesday.

“I just really wish I had one last chance to tell my dad I love him,” said the victim’s distraught daughter, Ashley Han, who sobbed while addressing a throng of more than 150 mourners at her father’s wake Wednesday night in Flushing.

The 20-year-old Hunter College junior stood bravely next to Han’s gray casket during a service conducted in Korean and thanked her immigrant dad for urging her to pursue a good education and the American dream.

The suspect matter-of-factly confessed to shoving Han — and then watching as the train mowed the man down, sources told the Daily News.


The victim's daughter Ashley Han and wife Serim Han speak at a press conference.

“He wouldn’t leave me alone, so I pushed him,” Davis told investigators, according to the sources. “I saw him get hit by the train.”

A witness to the gruesome death picked Davis out of a police lineup Wednesday, one source said.

Davis said he and Han literally bumped into each other near the turnstiles at the midtown subway station. A witness and Han’s wife said it appeared Han had been drinking before the ruckus.

Ki-Suk Han died after being shoved in front of oncoming train.

“Motherf---er, get out of my face,” Davis barked at the 58-year-old victim before the fatal push, the sources said.

No one on the platform — including a New York Post photographer who snapped the scene — came to Han’s aid.

“The defendant never once offered any aid,” Assistant District Attorney James Lin said at Davis’ arraignment. “He watched the train as it hit the victim. He calmly put his coat back on, picked up his coffee and left the station.”

The murder suspect’s rap sheet features four New York arrests in the past two years, including one for assault and another for sleeping in a city park.

Davis racked up another eight arrests between November 2001 and January 2003 in Beaver Falls, PA. His lawyer got into a yelling match with Lin and the judge at his arraignment, describing his client as a harmless refugee from war-torn Sierra Leone.
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“My client was involved in an incident with a drunk and angry man,” said lawyer Stephen Pokart.

“I’d like to know who started that argument,” he said after the arraignment.

One witness, waiting Wednesday on the same platform, recounted the horrific scene from two days earlier.

“People were screaming that the black guy pushed him,” said Nora Weiss, 52. “I saw (Davis) walk away. ... People were waving to stop the train, but the train was coming too fast.”

Wife and daughter of victim speak at press conference.
Han appeared to smash his knee on the rail and couldn’t push himself back up on the platform.

“After seeing that, I haven’t been able to sleep,” the Queens woman said. “It will be with me for the rest of my life.”

Motorman Terrence Legree said he tried to activate the emergency brakes.

“You’re hopeful you’re going to stop, but you can’t have control of the train at the point,” he told The News exclusively.

After the train struck Han, FDNY medics rushed Ki-Suk Han to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead after being shoved in front of a train in Times Square.

References:
New York Daily News, Fiend suspected of shoving man in front of oncoming train
CBS News, Subway "Push Death" Update: Suspect Naeem Davis arrested for murder