By Carol Tannenhauser
The Asian woman who was pushed to her death on Saturday morning in a Times Square subway station lived on the Upper West Side, the Rag has learned.
A resident of the building where the victim lived notified WSR that “two plainclothes detectives with badges had come to the building seeking information about the victim.” They questioned the victim’s next-door neighbor and left. Half an hour later, they called back to confirm that the deceased woman was her neighbor.
“She was as sweet as can be,” said the resident.
The victim was pushed into the path of a southbound R train, a police spokesperson told WSR, in what is being called an unprovoked attack. it is unclear whether this was a hate crime. “Upon arrival, officers observed a 40-year-old female, unconscious and unresponsive with trauma about the body laying on the tracks. EMS responded and pronounced the female deceased at the scene.”
Later, the NYPD reported, “pursuant to an ongoing investigation, 61-year-old Simon Martial was arrested for the crime. “Undomiciled, Martial was charged with murder 2.”
We will update when more is known.