Date
12 December 2017
The man wanted for questioning in the fatal subway shoving is seen in a surveillance video. Photo: New York Police Department
The man wanted for questioning in the fatal subway shoving is seen in a surveillance video. Photo: New York Police Department

NY police hunt man who pushed HK immigrant to his death

New York police are searching for the man who pushed a Hong Kong immigrant to his death on the subway tracks during the weekend.

But despite an all-out manhunt, the man remained at large on Monday night, the New York Times reported.

The chief of the police department’s transit bureau promised a “24/7 operation”.

Kwok Wai-kuen, 61, and his wife, both immigrants from Hong Kong, were waiting for a train to take them downtown to Chinatown for their usual dim sum and shopping trip on Sunday.

Just before 8:45 a.m., as the train entered the station, Kwok was shoved from behind into its path, police said. He died after at least two cars had run over him.

Kwok’s death, who worked in a kitchen supply factory until recently and had two sons, sparked fear among many New York subway riders, who are forced to squeeze among strangers daily as trains rush into stations.

The last time a subway rider was pushed onto the tracks was in December 2012, the newspaper said. After a woman was arrested for shoving an Indian immigrant in front of a train, she described her hatred for Hindus and Muslims.

In the same month, an argument between strangers on a Manhattan subway platform ended with one shoving the other onto the tracks, where he was fatally struck by a train.

But no motive has emerged for Sunday’s attack. Kwok’s wife, Lee Yow-ho, told detectives in Cantonese that no words were spoken before the fatal push.

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