New York police have arrested a man in the fatal pushing of a subway rider in the Bronx late Tuesday after he was identified by a previous victim.
Kevin Darden, 34, was charged with murder in the death of Wai Kuen Kwok, 61. Darden allegedly shoved Kwok into the path of an oncoming train Sunday according to police. He is believed to appear in surveillance video leaving the scene.
The incident sparked a three-day manhunt. Another victim, also Asian, came to police and identified Darden as the person who shoved him in on the West Fourth Street subway platform on November 6.
“You shouldn’t walk in front of me,” Darden cautioned the man, according to authorities, before pushing him to the ground. “I’m warning you.”
Investigators believed Darden was the same man casually leaving the 167th Street station just minutes after Kwok was killed around 8:45am. Kwok had been standing on the platform with his wife.
There were no witnesses to the attack, but other subway riders told police they saw the same man in the video leave the station. He boarded a bus two minutes after the attack.
On November 9, Darden was arrested for pick-pocketing a tourist in Times Square, according to police. At his arraignment, his bail was set at $1,000.
However, the complaining witness left the country before a court hearing five days later and could not be reached. Darden was then released without bail.
Before pushing Kwok, Darden allegedly robbed two men at the 167th Street subway station, roughly thirty minutes before the fatal incident.
Darden has a substantial criminal record, as reported by the New York Post. He spent four years in a New York state prison for a 1999 robbery and in 2011 was charged with arson in Texas for attempting to burn down his brother’s home. He was not prosecuted.
Joyce Jones, Darden’s mother, says her son is mentally ill. “I’m glad they got him off the streets and I’m glad he’s not dead. I feel so, so sorry for those people and what happened. I know that won’t bring him back, but I am so, so sorry.”