Subway Killing Suspect Assaulted Officer in Hospital

Erika Menendez reportedly grew upset after seeing herself on news

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 3, 2013 3:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Erika Menendez, the woman accused of pushing Sunando Sen to his death in the New York City subway, attacked a corrections officer Monday evening while in a hospital emergency room, reports the New York Times. Menendez had been brought to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, and the assault was apparently brought on by a TV news report on her case that happened to be playing in the room. "She pulled the officer’s hair and, in the process, hit her face," said a second corrections official.

Menendez was handcuffed at the time and was quickly subdued by the second officer. The officer who was attacked was not injured. Click to read more about Menendez's history of attacks.

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.
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...   (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)
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