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Police Have Suspect in Custody in Fatal Train Push

NEW YORK — Police have a suspect in custody who they  believe killed a man by pushing him onto the tracks in front of a Q train at the  49th Street station Monday afternoon, sources said.

The suspect got  into an argument with the victim, Ki-Suck Han, 58, an Elmhurst resident, and  then shoved Han off the platform, where a Q train struck and killed him about a  minute later, police said.

Police had been searching for the suspect, who was captured on cellphone  video and surveillance footage, and they picked up a man who matches his  description at 50th Street and Seventh Avenue Tuesday, sources said.

The man is well known in the area for helping street vendors break down their  tables and cart away their wares at the end of each day, sources and  acquaintances said.

Liz Williams, a newsstand vendor at 50th and Seventh, said she saw the  suspect Tuesday morning and he was wearing the same clothes as in the  surveillance footage.

”I said to him, ‘This looks like you,'” said Williams, who knows the suspect  because he has run errands for her. “He said, ‘It’s not me. He’s 20 years  old.”’

A worker for  Gray Line New York Sightseeing, who has known the suspect for about 15  years, said he spotted the man on Tuesday and pointed him out to an NYPD  detective, who took him into custody.

“When I saw the picture, I told the detectives, ‘I know this guy,'” said the  Gray Line worker, who declined to give his name. “This is the guy you guys are  looking for.”

The worker said vendors on the block regularly paid the suspect $10 to move  their goods to storage at the end of the day.

“He’s a quiet guy, very easygoing,” the Gray Line worker said. “He’s not  violent. He’s a nice guy. I was surprised.”

Williams, who said she saw police walking the suspect down the block on  Tuesday, was also shocked by his alleged involvement in the killing.

“To me, he is always respectful. To me, he is very nice,” Williams said.  “I’ve never seen nothing violent about him…. He always seemed like a regular  person. I don’t think he knows what he did. He was too calm.”

Police said the suspect was harassing straphangers on the station’s platform  and may have “picked a fight” with Han.

Han was  on the tracks for at least a minute and was trying to climb back onto the  platform with the Q train slammed into him, crushing him, sources said.

Source: DNA Info

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