Witnesses say the suspect was walking back and forth mumbling to herself on the platform of the 7 train's 40th Street Station just after 8 p.m. She finally took a seat on a bench at the north end of the platform, but when the train entered the station, she rose and pushed the man, who had his back to her, onto the tracks.
According to witnesses, the man didn't seem to notice her.
There was not enough time to save the man, who was first hit by the first of the 11-car Flushing-bound train, and then pinned under the second car as the train came to a stop. His identity has not been released by police.
The suspect, a short heavyset Hispanic woman in her 20s, fled the station down two separate staircases to Queens Boulevard, where she fled in an unknown direction. At the time of the incident she was wearing a blue,white, and grey ski jacket, and Nike sneakers, greay on top and red on the bottom.
Police have released video of the suspect fleeing the scene.
Anyone with information in regards to the homicide or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.