Naeem Davis arrested for alleged death of NYC subway rider
NEW YORK (AP/WJLA) - A homeless man was arrested Wednesday in the death of a subway rider who was pushed onto the tracks and photographed just before a train struck him.
Naeem Davis, 30, was taken into custody for questioning Tuesday after security video showed a man fitting the suspect's description working with street vendors near Rockefeller Center. Police said Davis made statements implicating himself in Ki-Suck Han's death.
Davis was arrested on a second-degree murder charge and has plenty of priors. He was in custody, and it wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer. It wasn't clear when he'd appear in court.
Witnesses told investigators they saw a man talking to himself Monday afternoon before he approached the 58-year-old Han of Queens at the Times Square station, got into an altercation with him and pushed him into the train's path.
The New York Post published a photo on its front page Tuesday of Han with his head turned toward the train, his arms reaching up but unable to climb off the tracks in time. It was shot by freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi, who was waiting to catch a train.
Abbasi told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday that he was trying to alert the motorman to what was going on by flashing his camera.
He said he was shocked that people nearer to the victim didn't try to help in the 22 seconds before the train struck.
"It took me a second to figure out what was happening ... I saw the lights in the distance. My mind was to alert the train," Abbasi said.
"The people who were standing close to him ... they could have moved and grabbed him and pulled him up. No one made an effort," he added.
“It is scary,” said Uma Amruthur, a D.C. resident. “It is scary of course. It could happen to anyone.”
Abbasi stood, watched a,nd snapped nearly 50 photos of Han’s futile efforts to save his life from the oncoming train.
“It’s just common sense. Jesus Christ, it’s a life. How could you not have put the camera down?” ased Alex Torres.
Abbasi’s photos only highlighted the photographer’s decision not to help.
“I probably would have reached for him instead of taking a picture,” said Charlotte Griggs of D.C. “I don’t know if I would have gotten killed, but I would have made an effort to pull him from the train tracks.”
“I’d like to think that I would try to help him out, but until you’re in that situation…” said Jeff Crary, also of D.C.