Police questioning suspect in man’s subway shove death

Posted at 6:57 PM, Dec 04, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-05 12:07:55-05

NEW YORK (PIX11)— The suspect who police have in custody in Monday’s horrifying subway shove death may be a worker from a Times Square restaurant, sources tell PIX11 News.

The man is being questioned inside the midtown north precinct.

Investigators say the two men were seen arguing on the platform. Moments later, 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han, of Elmhurst, was shoved onto the tracks by the suspect and struck by a southbound Q train. Police describe the suspect as a black male with dreadlocks, last seen wearing a dark jacket, a gray t-shirt and a cap.

The incident happened at the N, Q, R station at West 49th St. and Seventh Avenue at roughly 12:30 p.m.

Lonnie, a tourist from Washington state, witnesses the chaos Monday He heard the shouts of the crowd of straphangers in the moments before the Q train pulled in.

The train slowed dramatically but couldn’t stop before hitting the man.

“There was a lit of noise, and a lot of ruckus from those waiting. People were being very emotional, even the ticket booth clerk had tears in his eyes as he told me the man didn’t make it,” Lonnie said.

The victim lived in a quiet pocket of Elmhurst, Queens, in a three-floor apartment house. A neighbor tells PIX11 News that Han was a nice man who he would wave to on way to work in morning.