Subway-shove suspect charged in the crime that horrified nation

Posted at 12:21 PM, Dec 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-05 16:02:43-05

NEW YORK (PIX11)— The suspect in Monday’s horrifying subway shove death has been charged in the crime that has shocked the nation amid reports the victim was on the tracks for about a minute — and nobody helped pull him to safety.

The suspect, Naeem Davis, 30 was charged with murder, officials say. Meanwhile, the death of 58-year-old Ki-Suk Han of Elmhurst has been ruled a homicide. Toxicology reports will not be released, PIX11 is told, leaving open the question of how intoxicated Han may have been at the time of his death. He had reportedly been drunkenly arguing with his wife back home in Queens before taking off.

Investigators say the two men were seen arguing on the platform of the N, Q, R station at West 49th St. and Seventh Avenue at roughly 12:30 p.m. Monday. Moments later,  Han was shoved onto the tracks by the suspect and struck by a southbound Q train.

The moments leading up to his death were caught by a New York Post freelance photographer, who snapped a disturbing image of him as the train approached.

The photographer defended his actions, saying he was using his flash to alert the motorman that a man was on the tracks and trying to reach safety. The motorman did slow in a desperate attempt to avoid a tragedy.

The New York Daily News reports that Davis said  that Han would not leave him alone, “so I pushed him.”  The News reports that Davis callously stood there and watched as the train pinned Han against the platform, killing him.

He was collared after a tour bus worker noticed him not far from the scene of the slaying the next day.