Crime in New York City: Subway dispute over dropped phone turns deadly in Jackson Heights, Queens

Jackson Heights, Queens (WABC) — A 50-year-old man has been arrested after he died after being hit by a train in Elmhurst, Queens, after a brawl with another subway passenger.

The suspect was standing near the platform of the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave. station around 4:45 p.m. Monday when Heriberto Quintana, 48, bumped into him as he walked.

The contact caused the suspect’s cell phone to roll down the subway tracks.

Suspect Carlos Garcia told the victim to pick up the phone. He refused and the two began arguing, which turned into a brawl.

In a defensive move, Garcia pushed the victim off his body and slid headlong in front of the moving F train across the platform.

Queens’ Quintana was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital.

Garcia was arrested for manslaughter. He has no serious criminal record.

It was the 9th murder on the city’s subway system and the 10th on the transit system this year.

The latest in a series of high-profile incidents in New York City’s transit system has irritated Transportation Commissioner Rich Davey.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating. I wish I could wave my magic wand and provide mental health services to people who need them,” Davey said. is meaningless. Yesterday’s deeds were apparently meaningless.For God’s sake it was done on a mobile phone.”

Davey inspected Union Square Station on Tuesday. It has been the scene of several incidents in recent months, and there were quite a few police in the afternoon.

Conductors are ordered to make announcements to reassure passengers when police are on board or on the platform.

Police hope to prevent passengers from fearing the most random and unprovoked attacks. German Savio survived being pushed into the path of 6 trains in the Bronx. Last month, a woman was brutally beaten in Jamaica, Queens. Others were shot and stabbed.

Davey said some attacks have occurred despite the presence of police on the platform.

“I think we’re doing the best we can, right?” said Davey. “And NYPD, I know I met with another 63 graduating police officers who were brought here this morning to get through… what I’m emphasizing today.”

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