Woman Charged With Hate Crime

5:45 PM, Dec 29, 2012   |    comments
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NEW YORK  -- Prosecutors say a woman accused of pushing a man to his death in front of a New York subway train has been charged with murder as a hate crime.

Police arrested Erica Menendez on Saturday after a passer-by on a street noticed she resembled the woman seen in a surveillance video.

A spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown says Menendez told authorities she hates Hindus and Muslims.

Subway shoving victim Sunando Sen was from India, but it's unclear if he was Muslim or Hindu.

Sen was killed Thursday. Witnesses say a muttering woman pushed him on the tracks as a train entered a Queens station and then ran off.

Menendez is in custody and can't be reached for comment. It's unclear if she has an attorney.

An NYPD spokesman said Saturday that detectives had questioned a woman and that she had "made statements implicating herself" in the Thursday night killing.

The woman fled after the attack. Police had released security camera video showing her running from the station.

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