The chilling death of Wai Wuen Kwok this past Sunday has gripped riders of New York’s MTA subway train system with fear. Kwok was pushed onto the tracks of an incoming train by what was a formerly unknown attacker that has now been charged with murder.
Police arrested career criminal Kevin Darden on Tuesday while walking around in the Bronx. Darden, who was freed from jail two days prior before his allegedly shoving Kwok, has a long rap sheet of violent crime serving as a forecast of the horrifying murder.
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Darden, 34, was on the Manhattan-bound platform of the 167th Street station about 8:45 a.m. Sunday when he pushed Wai Kuen Kwok, a stranger, in front of the train in full view of Kwok’s horrified wife, sources said.
Afterward, Darden left the station and took a Bx35 bus six blocks to a bodega at Jesup Avenue and West 170th Street where he bought a single cigarette for 50 cents, police said.
He was awaiting arraignment Wednesday morning on murder charges, officials said.
Darden, whose last known address was on Grand Avenue in Fordham, has been arrested more than 30 times, sources said.
Darden was recently arrested on Nov. 9 over pickpocketing charges and went free on Friday, Nov. 14. Darden is also listed as a suspect in a Nov. 6 shoving incident that led to the injury of a 51-year-old man.
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