Woman Behind NYC Subway Attack Arrested

Erika Menendez was arrested and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in the subway attack.

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Subway attack victim Sunando Sen (CBS News)

On Saturday, the woman behind the subway attack of a New York City man was apprehended in Brooklyn. According to the Daily News, Erika Menendez, 31, laughed crazily when she was arrested and later charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in the death of Sunando Sen, whom she is accused of pushing off of a subway platform.

The pudgy Menendez was captured near Bedford Ave. and Empire Blvd. in Crown Heights after she was spotted by an eagle-eyed passer-by, who recognized her from the video and called 911. Wearing the same jacket, Menendez appeared disoriented and was asking for directions to the subway, sources said.

She was hauled off to the 112th Precinct stationhouse in Forest Hills. A witness who had been sitting next to her on the subway platform picked her out of a line-up, cops said.

Three other witnesses identified Menendez in the video, said Prosecutor Michelle Kaszuba, who acknowledged there was only one positive identification from four line-ups ...

In Rego Park, a doorman at the building where Menendez's mother and stepfather live said she visited regularly.

"I know her ... You could tell that something was not right, like she needed medication or something," said the doorman, who didn't want to give his name. "It's just very sad what happened."

Read more at the Daily News.

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