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MARC SANTORA & SARAH MASLIN NIR
Like so many busy New Yorkers in a hurry to get where they have to go, Sunando Sen peered out over the tracks on an elevated subway stop in Queens on Thursday evening, anxiously awaiting the next train.
What he did not see, authorities said, was a woman approaching from behind who had been sitting on a bench, mumbling to herself. Before Sen could react, the woman pushed him into the path of a No. 7 train roaring into the 40th Street-Lowery Street subway station in Sunnyside.
Sen, a 46-year-old immigrant working as a graphic designer, was crushed under the train.
As onlookers screamed, the woman fled the station. Her image was captured by a security camera as she ran down the Queens Boulevard, casting a wary glance over her shoulder.
New York police Saturday said they had taken a 31-year-old woman into custody. The woman had made statements implicating herself in the crime to police, who declined to reveal her name, citing the continuing investigation.
The woman still had to be identified by witnesses, and has not been officially charged.
The seemingly unprovoked attack, the second time this month that a man was thrown to his death on subway tracks, stirred some of the deepest fears of New Yorkers.
The police said Sen, after years of toil, had finally saved enough money to open a small copying business this year on the Upper West Side.
A R Suman, one of four roommates who shared a small first-floor apartment with Sen in Elmhurst, said he was driving a client upstate when another roommate called and told him what had happened. Hoping the information was wrong, Suman raced back to the city, only to find that there was nothing he could do — Sen was dead.