Witnesses said the woman was following the man closely and shoved him off an elevated platform of a 7 train in Queens at about 8 a.m., New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul Browne said. When the train pulled into the tracks, the woman got up from a nearby bench and shoved the man down.
The man was standing with his back to her, and it didn't appear he noticed her before he was shoved onto the track, police said. The condition of the man's body was making it difficult to identify him.
The woman fled, and police are now searching for her. She was described as Hispanic, in her 20s, heavyset and about 5-foot-5, wearing a blue, white and gray ski jacket and Nike sneakers with gray on top and red on the bottom.
It was unclear if the man and the woman knew each other or if anyone tried to help the man up before he was struck by the train and killed. There was no video of the incident at the station and detectives canvassed the neighborhood for useable video.
This was second death in December in which a man was pushed to his death in front of a New York subway train. On Dec. 3, 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han was shoved in front of a train in Times Square. A homeless man, 30-year-old Naeem Davis, was charged with murder in Han's death and was ordered held without bail. He has pleaded not guilty and has said that Han was the aggressor and had attacked him first. The two men hadn't met before.