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The homeless man charged with shoving a man to his death as a train barreled into a Times Square subway station says the victim instigated the confrontation.
Naeem Davis, 30, was arraigned Wednesday night on a second-degree murder charge and ordered held without bail in the death of 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han on Monday.
As he walked past reporters, Davis said, "He attacked me first. He grabbed me."
Prosecutor James Lin told the judge Davis watched the train strike Han before leaving the station.
But Davis' Legal Aid lawyer, Stephen Pokart, said outside court his client reportedly "was involved in an incident with a man who was drunk and angry."
Davis is due back in court on December 11. He has several prior arrests in New York and Pennsylvania on mostly minor charges including drug possession.
Han's death got widespread attention not only for its horrific nature, but also because he was photographed a split-second before the train trapped him and seemingly no one attempted to come to his aid.
Han's only child, 20-year-old Ashley, at a conference Wednesday said her father was always willing to help someone. "The thought of someone helping him up in a matter of seconds would have been great," she said.
A freelance photographer, R Umar Abbasi, for New York Post was waiting for a train Monday afternoon when he said he saw a man approach Han at the Times Square station, get into an altercation with him and push him into the train's path.
He said he was shocked that people nearer to the victim didn't try to help in the 22 seconds before the train struck.
Han's family came to US from Korea about 25 years ago.
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