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Suspect In NYC Subway Death Arrested Before

Police say they were called by family members of a 31-year-old woman charged with murder in the death of a man shoved in front of a New York City subway train at least five times because she had not been properly taking prescribed medications.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say they were called by family members of a 31-year-old woman charged with murder in the death of a man shoved in front of a New York City subway train at least five times because she had not been properly taking prescribed medications.

Erika Menendez was being held without bail in the death of Sunando Sen, who died Thursday night in Queens. Police say Menendez's family members called authorities several times in the past five years because they were having difficulty dealing with her. Police did not say what the medication was.

Menendez had been arrested several times. She pleaded guilty to assaulting a man in 2003, and drug possession.

Menendez was in custody and unavailable for comment. It was unclear what lawyer was representing her.


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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 Erika 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.


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