Date
16 December 2017
Kevin Darden (inset) has been charged with murder in a fatal shoving in the New York city subway. Photos: New York Police Department, Reuters
Kevin Darden (inset) has been charged with murder in a fatal shoving in the New York city subway. Photos: New York Police Department, Reuters

Man charged in fatal subway shoving of HK immigrant

A man has been charged with murder in the fatal shoving of a Hong Kong immigrant in the New York city subway on the weekend.

New York police arrested Kevin Darden, 34, on Tuesday for a separate assault at a Manhattan subway station earlier this month, The New York Times reported.

On Sunday, Kwok Wai-kuen, 61, was shoved into the path of an oncoming subway train in the Bronx.

Darden was apparently seen leaving the scene of the killing on surveillance video released by police.

During the manhunt, the victim of the earlier shoving, a 51-year-old man pushed to the platform of the subway station in Manhattan on Nov. 6, told police he had been attacked by the same man who appeared in the video.

“You shouldn’t walk in front of me,” the assailant told the man, police said, before shoving him to the ground. “I’m warning you.”

Until the man, who is also Asian, identified Darden on Tuesday as his attacker, police had no probable cause to arrest him.

But shortly after linking him to the earlier crime, police arrested Darden on the street near his mother’s home in the Bronx. “He is homeless,” his mother said.

The killing on Sunday rattled subway riders, who wondered about the motive.

Kwok’s wife, Lee Yow-ho, 59, also an immigrant from Hong Kong, told investigators that the attacker said nothing before shoving Kwok off the platform and fleeing.

Joe Wu, 35, said the attack had frayed the nerves of subway riders and the city’s Asians, the newspaper reported.

“There’s a lot of people who are talking about it,” he said.

“If you look at the past few times this has happened, it’s been Asians.”

Darden has an extensive history of arrests, including, most recently, on Nov. 9 in Manhattan on a pickpocketing charge. After spending several days in jail, he was released on Friday pending a court date in January.

A couple of hours after Darden was arrested, Tatiana Nunez, 27, leaned against a railing in the middle of a subway platform at the station in Manhattan.

She said she never waited near the yellow stripe at the edge of the platform.

“Because of that,” she said, referring to the fatal push.

“Because of anybody that’s walking fast or might push you by mistake.”

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