Woman arrested in fatal push of woman onto subway tracks in Times Square

ByEyewitness News via WABC logo
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
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Carolina Leid has the story.

TIMES SQUARE, New York (WABC) -- One person is dead and a woman is under arrest after authorities say she pushed another woman onto the subway tracks in Times Square Monday afternoon.

It happened at 42nd Street and 7th Avenue around 1:20 p.m., as a southbound No. 1 train was coming into the station.

The 49-year-old female victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman suspected of doing the pushing was taken into custody after several people who witnessed the incident flagged down officers.

Police arrested 30-year-old Melanie Liverpool of Queens. She now faces a charge of second degree murder.

"It's a horrible incident, and your heart goes out to this family and this victim," Manhattan North Detective Chief William Aubry said. "And also to the other people who were on that platform."

Authorities say Liverpool is described as emotionally disturbed with a history of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Detectives are looking for surveillance video from the turnstile and cell phone video to see if she was arguing with the victim on the platform before the push, but there is no indication they knew each other.

Police are continuing to investigate if the suspect might have been involved in a similar incident last month in Union Square.