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New York subway suspect has history of mental illness

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Subway suspect has history of mental illness

Erika Menendez, who is charged with pushing a stranger to his death under an oncoming train at a Queens station, had years of contact with the mental health and law enforcement establishments. Menendez, 31, was treated by the psychiatric staffs of at least two city hospitals, and caseworkers visited her family home in Queens to provide further help. She was also arrested at least three times, twice after violent confrontations. She was charged Saturday with murder as a hate crime after she told police she pushed Sunando Sen, 46, to his death Thursday, according to prosecutors.

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Times wires

New York subway suspect has history of mental illness 12/30/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 30, 2012 10:04pm]

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