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Sunando Sen Shoved to His Death by Woman Who Hates “Muslims and Hindus”

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NYC Subway Shoving Death: One Woman In Custody

NEW YORK — A woman who told police she shoved a man to his death off a subway platform into the path of a train because she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought he was one was charged Saturday with murder as a hate crime, prosecutors said.

Erika Menendez was charged in the death of Sunando Sen, who was crushed by a 7 train in Queens on Thursday night, the second time this month a commuter has died in such a nightmarish fashion.

Menendez, 31, was awaiting arraignment on the charge Saturday evening, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said. She could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. She was in custody and couldn’t be reached for comment, and it was unclear if she had an attorney.

Menendez, who was arrested after a tip by a passer-by who saw her on a street and thought she looked like the woman in a surveillance video released by police, admitted shoving Sen, who was pushed from behind, authorities said.

“I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up,” Menendez told police, according to the district attorney’s office.

Sen was from India, but police said it was unclear if he was Muslim, Hindu or of some other faith. The 46-year-old lived in Queens and ran a printing shop. He was shoved from an elevated platform on the 7 train line, which connects Manhattan and Queens. Witnesses said a muttering woman rose from her seat on a platform bench and pushed him on the tracks as a train entered the station and then ran off.

The two had never met before, authorities said, and witnesses told police they hadn’t interacted on the platform.

Police released a sketch and security camera video showing a woman running from the station where Sen was killed.

Menendez was arrested by police earlier Saturday after a passer-by on a Brooklyn street spotted her and called 911. Police responded, confirmed her identity and took her into custody, where she made statements implicating herself in the crime, police spokesman Paul Browne said.

The district attorney said such hateful remarks about Muslims and Hindus could not be tolerated.

“The defendant is accused of committing what is every subway commuter’s worst nightmare,” he said.

On Dec. 3, another man was pushed to his death in a Times Square subway station. A photo of the man clinging to the edge of the platform a split second before he was struck by a train was published on the front page of the New York Post, causing an uproar about whether the photographer, who was catching a train, or anyone else should have tried to help him.

A homeless man was arrested and charged with murder in that case. He claimed he acted in self-defense and is awaiting trial.

It’s unclear whether anyone tried – or could have tried – to help Sen on Thursday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday urged residents to keep Sen’s death in perspective as he touted new historic lows in the city’s annual homicide and shooting totals.

“It’s a very tragic case, but what we want to focus on today is the overall safety in New York,” Bloomberg told reporters following a police academy graduation.

But commuters still expressed concern over subway safety and shock about the arrest of Menendez on a hate crime charge.

“For someone to do something like that … that’s not the way we are made,” said David Green, who was waiting for a train in Manhattan. “She needs help.”

Green said he caught himself leaning over the subway platform’s edge and realized maybe he shouldn’t do that.

“It does make you more conscious,” he said of the deaths.

Such subway deaths are rare, but other high-profile cases include the 1999 fatal shoving of aspiring screenwriter Kendra Webdale by a former psychiatric patient. That case led to a state law allowing for more supervision of mentally ill people living outside institutions.

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  • Crow

    hows the jerk off athon going at jihabwatch over this?

  • It’s often the ones who’re most adamant about saving freedom and liberty that are the first ones to toss it on the funeral pyre when groups they don’t like start to get ‘uppity,’ I’ve found. Our so-called freethinkers really don’t turn out to be that way when they bang out such screed like txnapalm up there. But then, this is the Internet. It’s good to know we can generally take comfort in the fact that people like him/her would barely even consider following up on their masturbatory online fantasies in real life, at least.

    Much easier to be a keyboard commando, after all, than a murderer.

  • Mr-Islam_Answers_back

    Exactly my thoughts as well. Well said.

  • Reynardine

    If they weren’t practicing taqiyya, they wouldn’t be sneaking around, looking white.

  • txnapalm

    I rarely throw out the term “Hero”, but damnit…..My hat’s off to you Miss Menendez

  • Tanveer Khan

    That is very interesting. Thank you for that. 🙂

  • MAalHakeem

    White Muslims are practicing taqiyya?

  • Reynardine

    Of course. Muslims who “look like one” are icky brown people; Muslims who don’t are practicing taqquiya.

  • Chameleon_X

    It would be interesting if someone could verify whether the “40th Street-Lowery Street station in Sunnyside” was one of the 50 stations that carried the ad on Dec. 27. Although it wouldn’t really prove anything if that was NOT one of the stations, it would add a lot of credibility behind the link to Bob and Pam’s terrorist recruiting efforts if it were.

  • Sam Seed

    Lets not forget that this poor person killed was a Hindu and he died because he was the ‘wrong’ colour.

    The woman who killed him is a cold-blooded murderer, motivated no doubt by the annual reminder of the atrocities committed by the terrorists on 9/11. Why does the US need to play this tragedy every year, what is there to learn? The only thing it promotes is hatred towards Muslims (or brown people) and fuels attacks on Muslims.

  • SarahAB

    Yes – thanks very much – the fact it’s blazoned all over his BFF’s blog is a bit of a killer point!

  • Chameleon_X

    The Dec. 17 placements above the 220 main clocks at subway stations may have been delayed until the first week of January for some reason (likely to avoid the higher cost of advertising before Christmas), but they released these same twin tower ads on Metro Kiosks, right on the subway platforms, on or before Thursday Dec. 27. This can be confirmed by the daytime photograph from the self-congratulating Pam herself on Atlas Shrugs:

    The murder occurred around 8 p.m. Thursday night (Dec. 27), well after sunset, so it is now 100% certain that the ads were on the subway system before the murder. And therefore it is also certain that the terrorist-linked Spencer lied. What is potentially stunning here is that the murder likely occurred on the very first day these ads were released, which ties into the basic logic of psychology that the most visceral and strong reactions occur when one first sees advertisements that are designed to shock.

    At any rate, as you concur, the main point here is that these ads were all over the media well in advance of their official release. Moreover, other anti-Islam hate ads were released in September on the same subway system.

  • Rizwan

    Muslims are at it again; this should be the top story at Jihad Watch;
    Greenwich Village couple busted with cache of weap0n5, 80m8making exp1051v35: sources

    The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend
    — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of w3ap0n5 and a 80m8making explosive in their Greenwich Village apartment.

    Morgan Gliedman — who is nine-months pregnant — and her baby daddy, Aaron Greene, 31, also had instructions on making 80m85, including a stack of papers with a cover sheet titled, “The T3rr0r15t Encyclopedia,’’ sources told The Post yesterday.

    People who know Greene say his political views are “extreme,” the sources said.

  • Octane

    The fort hood incident every was up in arms. The insisted the man was motivated strictly by religion and not mental illness. On the other hand this woman clearly targets people based on religion. And they automatically assume she must have a mental illness to do that. That there could be no other precipitating factor.

  • SarahAB

    Oh that ad has definitely been up – but the really crucial one is the 9/11 one with the Qur’an quote, I think. It’s not that I want to defend him – I just want to stress test the assertion that the extremely inflammatory 9/11 ad was actually up – as it was scheduled to be.

  • SarahAB

    Sorry if this comes through twice – my internet is playing up. I don’t disagree with anything much you say, but I still wonder if it absolutely certain that they were up – would he lie about something so easily disproved? – I can’t find any google images of them in situ, and it is just possible that the campaign is behind schedule.

  • SarahAB

    I don’t have any great problem with your analysis – as you say, the physical presence of these posters is not the only Pam and Bob related trigger – there is media coverage and also the other campaigns – but it seemed a bit odd that he should lie about something which can easily be verified and I think your links only say that they were *due* to go up then. I google imaged them earlier and couldn’t find any pics in situ. I would like to add something to my own post about this if it’s absolutely cast iron that they were up.

  • Chameleon_X

    Although I didn’t even need to, I actually checked before I posted my comment. See the links below:

    Contrary to Spencer’s claim, the ads were up Dec. 17, well before this incident and at exactly the right time to motivate it directly. Per the last link above, there was also a round of Bob and Pam hate ads that came out in those same NYC subways in September. Moreover, the September and December ads were pre- and post-announced all over the media and no doubt stirred up a firestorm of media coverage in New York City proper before the ads even officially went up. To argue that the ads were “not up yet” and can’t be linked to this terrorist act is an outright lie.

    One must logically ask oneself, WHY 11+ years AFTER 9/11 is this person suddenly acting with such murderous, deliberate violence for the first time ever in response to 9/11? Emotions attenuate over time in relation to such distant events — they don’t accentuate. What variable possibly could have changed to trigger this response NOW? The only logical variable is those ads within those very same subways, and the only thing missing now is the confirmation that she was inspired by them.

    You see, when people see such ads, it tells them that they need to act, that they need to respond violently in the service of their fellow man against those evil mooslims. This terrorist was just doing her patriotic duty in responding to an urgent call for war on savages. Savages deserve violent deaths, don’t they? That is the simple psychology at work in the mind of simpletons. No insanity is even required.

    What is desperately needed right now is a campaign to DEMAND that this trigger evidence be elicited from this terrorist and released to the public so that we can all know the true price of hate. We have every right to know how much blood Bob and Pam have on their hands as recruiters of terrorism. Are any of us going to step up to the plate?

  • Tanveer Khan

    So its all to do with colour. Reminds me of a book im reading based in the 18th Century,

  • Kirook

    Now, that’s an interesting quote, and it brings to mind another Light Side/Dark Side analogy. In many Star Wars media (I should know, I’m a Star Wars nerd) the Dark Side is described as the “quick and easy” path. And it is easy to just blame the “other” for all our problems, isn’t it? But we can’t do that if we want to continue to be good people. Good people are compassionate, not full of anger and hate–this is the metaphorical Light Side. In no way do bigotry and racism constitute anything even closely resembling the side of good.
    May the Force be with you all. 🙂

  • Kirook

    Are you a 9/11 Truther?

  • Kirook

    GAAAAAAAAAAAAAH… It’s like hearing Ann Coulter talk, but worse!

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