Sunday, December 30, 2012

Menendez Charged With Fatally Shoving Sen Into NY Subway Train

Sunando Sen and Police wanted sketch of Erika Menendez

31-year-old woman held without bail and ordered to take a mental evaluation examination for last Thursday's death of a man shoved into an oncoming train in Sunnyside.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 30, 2012

New York City, New York - On Saturday, Judge Gia Morris during an arraignment hearing order Erika Menendez, 31, of Queens held without bail and ordered that she take a mental evaluation examination for the death of Sunando Sen, 46, of Queens, a Hindu immigrant from India.
Sen was killed around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday by an oncoming train at the elevated 40th Street-Lowery Street train station in Sunnyside after Menendez pushed him from behind and off the platform into the train as witnesses watched in horror.
She then fled and ran down the station and disappeared. A grainy surveillance camera video was then released by police to the media in an attempt to locate Menendez who was shown running from the crime scene. Someone in Brooklyn recognized Menendez walking down the street and called police who then arrested her.
Menendez confessed to police that she pushed a Muslim of the train tracks because "...I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 (Sept. 11) when they put down the Twin Towers, I've been beating them up," according to the criminal complaint.
Menendez was charged with one count of murder as a hate crime and if convicted, she is facing life in prison with an additional enhancer of 20 years in prison for the hate crime.

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