Grab some wall

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

December 5, 2012 1:32:20 PM PST
Grab some wall. It's the mantra I chanted to my older kids when they were little, and it's what I preach to my 3-year-old whether we're in a parking garage, or in a subway station.

Yes, I know, the subway wall is pretty grimy, but it's more a figure of speech underground, meaning hang on to me or the bench or the wall, anything that's stable.

The lesson-to-the-kids seems even more dramatic tonight, given the fatal shove of a man onto the subway tracks, right into an oncoming train. He was crushed.

Tonight, we're expecting the man who's now been charged in the killing to be arraigned. Naeem Davis, a 30-year-old homeless man, is accused of pushing Ki Suk Han after, for some reason, arguing with him on a subway platform in midtown Manhattan. And, right before he died, a New York Post photographer took a picture of Mr. Han, clinging to the platform, with a "Q" train about 25 feet away.

It's a disturbing picture (and today, the Post photog insisted he couldn't have done anything to save Mr. Han that he was just shooting away, hoping the flash would signal the motorman on the train).

We'll have the latest on the suspect, and the victim, as he's buried tonight, at 11.

As a sidebar, I was impressed with the strong reaction to my question of whether there should be protective gates or doors (think airport trams) on the subway platforms. Very expensive, to be sure, but certainly more protective. The response on Facebook, both the station's and my page, was amazingly positive.

Also at 11, we're in Mt. Vernon, where police say they've captured what they call a likely serial killer, after finding his latest victim stabbed to death.

The woman's body, found in the bedroom of Lucius Crawford, who's now also accused of killing two other women Laronda Shealy from Yonkers in Sept. 1993, and Nella West from the Riverdale section of the Bronx a month later. Cold cases that cops were still trying to solve.

What an amazing string of revelations. Jim Dolan, who covered the stabbing last night, has the latest on these new charges and he'll look at the 9 other stabbings (the victims were all women) Crawford spent years in prison for. Why in the world was he even on the streets?

Also at 11, a most disturbing from our investigative reporter Sarah Wallace about a janitor at a nursing home in the Bronx, now charged with attempting to sexually abuse an elderly woman who has Alzheimer's.

Tonight her family is speaking out.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's chilly AccuWeather forecast, and Laura Behnke (in for Rob Powers) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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