New York City police search for person who pushed man in front of subway train

NY Post ran photo of moment before man was hit

NEW YORK CITY - Police in New York City are searching for the person who pushed a man onto the subway track where a train hit and killed him.

Ki-Suck Han, 58, of Queens, N.Y., was thrown onto the tracks Monday afternoon just after 12:30 from a crowded train platform at the 49th Street and Seventh Avenue station in midtown Manhattan, according to police.

The moment before Han was hit was captured on camera by the New York Post.  Click here to see it. The headline read: "Pushed on the subway tracks, this man is about to die."

The freelance photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, was on the platform and said he ran towards the train flashing his camera hoping to alert the train to stop in time, but the train caught Han against the shoulder deep platform wall.

Witnesses told police that Han tried to climb back on to the subway platform, but was hit by an oncoming train before he could scramble to safety as other bystanders watched in horror.

 

"I just heard people yelling. The train came to an abrupt stop about three-quarters into the station and that's when I heard a man was hit by a train," Patrick Gomez told ABC News affiliate WABC.

The suspect could be heard arguing with the victim just moments before he allegedly shoved Han onto the tracks, according to surveillance video released by police. The suspect is heard telling the victim to stand in line "and wait for the R train."

Other witnesses told police that the suspect was mumbling to himself shortly before the altercation took place on the crowded platform, according to WABC. Police told WABC that the suspect could be mentally disturbed.