The American Bear


Woman said she pushed man to death because she thought he was Muslim

A woman who told police she shoved a man to his death off a subway platform into the path of a train because she hates Muslims 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, 46, who was crushed by a train in Queens on Thursday night, the second time this month a commuter has died in such a nightmarish fashion.

Menendez, 31, could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown 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.