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Man held for fatal shove on subway

Police have arrested a man on a murder charge in the death of a stranger who was shoved into the path of a train at a New York subway station.

Kevin Darden (34) was picked up by detectives near his mother's home in the Bronx, according to police, who said he has a history of arrests for assault and robbery, including a recent pickpocketing bust on November 9.

Darden is also a suspect in a separate incident in which a man was pushed to the ground at another subway station and suffered minor injuries earlier this month. Charges are pending in that case, police said.

It wasn't clear if Darden had a lawyer.

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Wai Kuen Kwok was standing with his wife on a platform at a station in the Bronx on Sunday when he was pushed from behind by a man. Kwok (61) was struck by an approaching train and died at the scene. His wife wasn't injured.

There was no indication that Kwok knew the man or had any interaction with him before he was pushed, police said. His wife said she did not recognise the man.

The man fled the station and two minutes later hopped on a bus with other people who had been on the platform at the time of the push and unknowingly discussed it while he was nearby, police said.

Fifty people have been killed by subway trains this year, the US Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

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