A New York City man was charged with murder in the death of a man who was shoved into the path of a subway train Sunday, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Kevin Darden, who was released from jail in a misdemeanor case two days before the deadly attack, is accused of shoving 61-year-old Bronx resident Wai Kuen Kwok into the path of a southbound “D” train as the victim stood on a platform next to his wife.
Terry Raskyn, director of public information for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, said Darden, 34, would enter a plea during his next court appearance, which is scheduled for Nov. 24.
He is being held without bail, Raskyn said.
Police have not discussed a motive in the killing.
Darden has also been charged in a Nov. 6 subway attack at a Manhattan train station, where police say he shoved a 51-year-old man to the ground, causing minor injuries.
Darden was released from jail two days before Kwok’s death. He was arrested for an undisclosed misdemeanor on Nov. 9, and originally held on $1,000 bail, according to city court records.
But on Nov. 14, Darden was released on his own recogninzance, though it was not immediately clear why. He did not post the original bail, records show.
Though such subway attacks are not common, 53 people died last year after falling onto tracks or climbing down to retrieve items they dropped in the path of trains, according to records kept by the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
New York City hadn’t had a fatal attack where a victim was shoved into the path of a train since 2012.
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