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NYC subway shoving suspect: I was having a bad day

  • CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO ERIKA INSTEAD OF ERICA - In this image provided by the New York City Police Department, a composite sketch showing the woman believed to have pushed a man to his death in front of a subway train on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 is shown. Police arrested Erika Menendez on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, after a passer-by on a street noticed she resembled the woman seen in a surveillance video. The attack was the second time this month that a man was pushed to his death in a city subway station. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)

NEW YORK — A disturbed woman accused of shoving a man in front of a New York City subway train to his death last month says she did it because she was having a bad day.

Erika Menendez spoke to The New York Post (http://bit.ly/U8e2xz) on Friday at the city jail where she is awaiting trial in the killing.

Menendez tells the newspaper her "mind was just racing" the day of the attack.

She says, "I was homeless. I was hungry. I was fighting with my boyfriend. He came running up the stairs, and I just got up and pushed him."

Menendez says she picked her victim because of his ethnicity.

Slain 46-year-old Indian immigrant Sunando Sen was Hindu. Menendez says she has "been beating up Muslims and Hindus for a long time."


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