Erica Menendez, 31, is being held in custody for the subway shove death of 46-year-old Sunando Sen. She is being charged with second-degree murder as a hate-related crime.
The death of 46-year-old Indian immigrant Sunando Sen is the second subway push death in New York City. Sen was killed on December 27, around 8 o'clock at night at the 40th Street-Lowery Street station in Sunnyside located in the Queens borough of New York City. The authorities had identified the suspect as a heavyset Latino female in her 20s. After two days, a female suspect has been apprehended by the New York Police Department.
The female suspect in custody is 31-year-old Erica Menendez. Menendez made comments implicating herself in Sen's death when questioned by detectives. As a result, Menendez has been taken into custody. In a memorable line reported by the New York Times, Menendez said it was an “act against Muslims.” Also, Menendez talked about the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. She was questioned by detectives when someone spotted her on a street in Brooklyn after seeing the surveillance video on television.
For the murder of Sen, Menendez is going to be charged with second-degree murder. However, due to talking about Muslims and 9/11 factored with the ethnicity of Sen, the second-degree murder charge also becomes a hate crime charge. In short, she's being charged with hate-related second-degree murder.
Sen, the victim, co-owned a printing business in Manhattan. The Hindu reports that authorities were not able to identify Sen's body because of the condition it was in. His body had to be recovered from underneath the second subway train car. Authorities were able to identify Sen through his phone and a medicine bottle.
He was single with no children. Sen lived with roommates. One roommate expressed sadness over Sen's death and talked about how he enjoyed looking at YouTube clips.
The first subway shove death in December, took place early, in which 58-year-old Ki-Suk Han was pushed off the platform and to his death via the incoming subway train. Han was pushed to his death by Naeem Davis.