Ki Suk Han, a 58 year old NYC resident was pushed onto the 49th street tracks, and was subsequently killed by an oncoming train.
Police are currently searching for a suspect who threw the man onto subway tracks in New York City, Monday afternoon. Witnesses watched in horror as Ki Suk Han unsuccessfully attempted to climb back onto the platform, just before the train ran him down.
The suspect is described as a black male, weighing 200 pounds, and is around 5’10 – 6′ tall. He was seen arguing with Han just before hurling him onto the tracks. Police have stated that the suspect may be mentally disturbed.
A freelance photographer for the New York Post was on the platform as well and has come under fire for snapping photos of Han just before he met his maker. R. Umar Abbasi claims that he was using his camera’s flash to alert the oncoming train driver that someone was on the tracks, implying that the controversial photo used as the front page of the New York Post today was incidental.
The backlash has been swift however, many condemning the photo and Abbasi for not assisting Han onto the platform. The New York Post has defended the photographer further, stating that Abbasi was not strong enough to lift Han to safety.
Abbasi, snapped at least two photos of Han before he was run over by the downtown Q train. The married father sustained critical injuries from the train and passed away at Roosevelt Hospital.
Anyone with information on the suspect in this gruesome case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website here or by texting your tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering in the text field: TIP577. All calls and tips are kept strictly confidential.
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