A fugitive ex-con was taken into custody on Tuesday for the death of a man who was pushed in front of a moving subway train this weekend.
Kevin Darden, 34, has a 15-year rap sheet with thirty arrests, including an arrest for trying to burn down his brother’s house, New York Daily News reported.
Darden was taken into custody near his mother’s home in the Bronx after police said he was wanted for an earlier subway platform push that occurred in Manhattan.
Darden was the target of a large police search as a person of interest in the Sunday death of Wai Keun Kwok, a 61-year-old man in the Bronx who was pushed to his death in front of a subway train.
The father of two was killed as his wife, Yow Ho Lee Kwok, watched in the 167th St. station in the Bronx. Darden never said a word to Kwok and the two did not know each other.
Mrs. Kwok said she and her husband were on their way to Chinatown for breakfast when the attack occurred. She chased the man, shouting “Push, push,” but she could not keep up, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The motorman of the train saw the incident and hit the breaks, but it was too late to avoid hitting Kwok, who was pronounced dead shortly before 9 am on Sunday.
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Darden was taken into custody just hours after the victim of a November 6 shove in the W. 4th St. station identified Darden as his attacker. The victim in that case suffered injuries to his hand and back.
Another victim said Darden was the man who robbed him in a nearby Bronx subway station shortly before Kwok was killed.
Darden’s most recent arrest was November 9 for pick-pocketing, although his rap sheet includes charges for drugs, assault and robbery, CBS reported.