A 30-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly pushed a fellow commuter to her death in a New York subway station.
Prosecutors said Melanie Liverpool, 30, had confessed to killing 49-year-old Connie Watton, of Queens, but she rebuffed the claim at her arraignment on a murder charge. Liverpool, who has a history of mental illness, apparently talked or argued with Watton before the former pushed the latter in front of an approaching train, instantly killing her.
Authorities said Liverpool and Watton were talking or arguing on a platform at the bustling Times Square station before Liverpool pushed Watton in front of an approaching train. She was found dead under it, and Liverpool was apprehended within minutes.
According to New York Post, Watton, 49, reportedly worked for as a chef, her brother-in-law said Tuesday.
“Out of a million people, this had to happen to her? She was honestly the most caring, loving, honest person I ever met. She would never hurt anybody. She never feared the city,” said the brother-in-law, who declined to give his name.
According to the Associated Press, Watton worked for decades as a housekeeper for billionaire Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman, said his daughter.
“My whole family is really said and shocked,” said Zibby Schwarzman. “It’s horrifying.”
“This is a strong case, with multiple eyewitnesses” and an admission from Liverpool, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Matthew Thiman said.
About 50 people die each year after being hit by New York City subway trains, ranging from accidents to willful leaps. This number, however, pales in comparison to the more than 1.7 billion subway rides taken each year. Officials say a substantial proportion of deaths are suicides.