NEW YORK - Police arrested a homeless man Wednesday on multiple charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of a man who was pushed into the path of an oncoming Manhattan subway train.
Naeem Davis, 30, is charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder and depraved indifference in the death Monday of Ki-Suck Han, 58, of Queens, New York City police said.
Police said that Davis implicated himself in Han's death during questioning Tuesday night by detectives.
Davis made incriminating statements to detectives hours after he was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at 50th Street and Seventh Avenue, police said.
The suspect was apprehended about a block from the 49th Street subway station where Han was pushed to his death at about 12:30 p.m. EST Monday in front of a southbound train before horrified onlookers.
A police official would not say what the suspect told detectives.
Another subway passenger's video of the moments before the push shows a man, identified by police as Han, in a heated argument with another man.
In the video, the unidentified man is shown yelling profanities and telling Han to leave him alone. Moments later, witnesses told police, the man pushed the Queens resident from the platform. Other subway riders reported hearing the assailant talking to himself before pushing Han, said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Han survived the fall to the well of the tracks, but could not climb back on to the platform before he was struck by a train pulling into the station. Han was in Manhattan on Monday to renew his Korean passport, according to police.
Detectives were told by people in the area near the station that the man seen on the video resembled someone who often helped street vendors, according to the police official. Police had obtained video images of the man, who the official said lives in Queens, from security cameras in the area.
Asked by reporters if other subway riders could have done more to help Han get out of danger, Kelly said he wasn't in a position to answer.
I wasn't there so I can't comment on that, Kelly said.
Tuesday night at Han's Queens home, family members were consoled by a minister.