Subway-Pushing Suspect Fit for Trial: Judge

Erika Menendez 'thought it'd be cool' to shove man: police

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 14, 2013 11:05 AM CST

(Newser) – Following a psychological evaluation, alleged New York subway pusher Erika Menendez has been cleared for trial, the New York Post reports. Menendez remains in the hospital, her attorney says. Her arraignment Jan. 29 for second-degree murder is likely also to address an outstanding reckless driving accusation. Meanwhile, the Post reveals more about her arrest: After being nabbed in the early morning hours in Brooklyn, she kept muttering to herself and asked where the R train was, insiders say.

At first she told police she hadn't been at the scene of the crime; at the time, she was smoking marijuana with a friend, she said. Later, however, she said, "I’ll just plead guilty," a prosecutor noted. She carried out the alleged hate crime "because I’d thought it’d be cool," she allegedly said. Neighbors called Menendez strange. "When she don’t take her medication, she goes really wacky," said her building's doorman.

In this image provided by the New York City Police Department, a composite sketch showing the woman believed to have pushed a man 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 in front of a subway train on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 is shown.   (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)
Commuters pass through turnstiles before boarding a Manhattan-bound train at Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard station, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in the Queens borough of New York.
Commuters pass through turnstiles before boarding a Manhattan-bound train at Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard station, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in the Queens borough of New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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