A homeless man who pushed a father onto the tracks of an oncoming New York subway train has said one of his reasons for the fatal push was that he had lost his Timberland boots.

Naeem Davis, 30 is pleading not guilty to second degree murder and manslaughter but admitted to police that he pushed Ki-Suck Han in front of the train.


Mr Davis said he could have walked away from the argument with ‘drunk’ Mr Han, but that his ‘head wasn’t where it was supposed to be that day’ because a friend had thrown away his boots two days before, court papers reveal.

Mr Davis told police that he realised that his 58-year-old victim was drunk when he jumped the turnstile at the 49th Street N/R/Q platform.

He said: ‘Yes, for the sake of argument, I could have walked away, but it was just bad timing. He came at the wrong time.’

He then claims Mr Han threatened him, saying ‘I’ll kill you!’ and that the victim started the fight which led to him being pushed in front of the train.

Mr Han’s wife has said she had argued with her husband and that he had been drinking on the morning of December 3 last year.

At about 12.30pm, Mr Han encountered Mr Davis, who later told police he was on a paid errand to buy merchandise for street vendors.

Mr Davis claimed that after the men accidentally bumped into each other while entering the station, the victim began yelling at him.

He also said the victim was staggering and slurring his words.

‘I don’t know you, you don’t know me!’ Davis said he responded before trying to walk away.

After Mr Han followed him down the platform and tried to grab him, Mr Davis admitted pushing him away.

Upon his arrest the following day Mr Davis told police ‘I’m really sorry this happened, really sorry. Do you think I can get a manslaughter charge?’

According to court documents Mr Davis has pleaded not guilty to charges of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter with defense arguing Mr Han was ‘clearly pursuing’ him after starting a fight.

In the documents, procured by The Gothamist newspaper, Judge Bonnie Wittner questions the defence.

‘There was no other way to prevent injury to himself except by pushing [Han] onto the train tracks with an oncoming train?’

‘He could have been drunk, but I still don’t think it was in defense to throw somebody onto the subway tracks. I could be wrong.’

Prosecution argues Mr Davis’s statements prove he knew better and that he was not threatened by Mr Han.

Mr Davis has been held without bail since his arrest last month as the trial continues.


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  • Puggg

    Those famous New York City assault subways, no doubt. Andrew Cuomo should start screaming about them from a podium.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Guns don’t kill people, trains do.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Well, thank goodness it wasn’t a motiveless murder!

    • Some Guy

      It’s also such a relief that he said he was sorrry too.

  • MekongDelta69

    Now, now – I know what you’re all thinking.

    Losing your boots is a PERFECTLY acceptable excuse for chucking somebody off a subway platform among the black ‘intellectual elite.’

    (I can’t wait to see the comments on this one! Nameen Naeem?!)

    • liberalusck

      Yeah, like when I couldn’t find my shoes the other day on my way to work, I immediately thought of kicking my dogs or running outside and shoving a passerby into oncoming traffic. (sarcasm)

    • William_JD

      Ban boots now! If it saves even one life…..

  • Anonymous

    Why didn’t he throw “his friend” in front of a train?

    • dukem1

      Because he was his friend!

  • IKantunderstand

    I consider this entire episode as a win win.

  • The__Bobster

    Well, we know they weren’t work boots.

  • bigone4u

    Tell your sob story to Oprah, pal.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      No doubt he’d like to.

    • OlderWoman

      Oprah…what a laugh. Her ratings are going downhill due to her racist remarks and talk against God. She had it coming to her.

      • Her ratings really tanked when she started using her show for Obama apologetics, back in the days when her SWPL white women audience wanted HRC. But I fear that her Lance Armstrong interview and her coming interview with Manti Te’o (yeah, you can bet it’ll happen) will suddenly be used to grease the skids for her return to regular TV syndication.

        • OlderWoman

          Somebody should interview her about her father’s divorce and the woman he married. It’s been getting publicity in my city.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      “I gots ta be haben ma boots back, gnome sayin?”

      • Flossie

        What is the deal with blacks and their Timberland boots? They’re popular here in Chicago, too, and the wearers seem to prefer to leave all the manufacturer’s tags and labels in place — everything but the pricetag. As another posted pointed out, they’re obviously not meant to be work-boots! The same for baseball caps — all the adhesive labels are left in place. There’s no end to blacks’ little superstitions.

  • kjh64

    This appears to be a large, young Black man. It sounds very unlikely that a middle aged Oriental man would follow him and try to attack him. It is absurd that the young, large Black man could only “defend” himself by pushing the guy in front of a moving train. What a crock!!!!!!

    • odumbo

      Middle -aged? The victim was 58 years old, just a few years away from being able to collect social security – and half the size of the attacker. Somehow we’re supposed to believe he was attacking a young man twice his size and half his age? Since it’s NYC, my guess is the wacko judge and jury will believe him and he’ll get 3 years in the slammer.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      He was only middle-aged if he was going to live to be 116.

      • Tim

        You`ve just reminded me that I`m closer to the end than the beginning…Thank you!, I think….

        • Sherman_McCoy

          The only consolation for white baby boomers is knowing that they MIGHT not see the final destruction of the US. Their children and grandchildren on the other hand . . .

          • Tim

            I wanna be around to see the end of the system I put my loyalty in and which Buddy @#$%ed me to the core in return… I can only hope it starts soon.

          • Ed_NY

            Those have been my exact thoughts for a few years now!

  • Ookook Eekeek

    another day, another worthless ape

  • starlight

    I lost my cherished Gap scarf a couple of days ago. Come here so I can push you in front of a train as well.

    • OlderWoman

      I broke a fingernail. Let me ‘at you’.

  • LastBastionOfHope

    The negro male lacks the capability to prioritize. How many times do we hear not only of vicious crimes, but senseless ones? Killing over arguments, killing over Air Jordan sneakers, killing over chains, killing over boots, killing over $5, etc.? I think one of the main issues with black males is that their ego is so inflated. If you so much as look at them the wrong way they think it’s punishable by death. They lack the ability to make smart decisions like walking away or ignoring people who try to lure them in. In black neighborhoods if you are not a thug, you simply are not cool. I have worked in schools where some black students weren’t even bad students (the exception) and they purposely failed tests just to seem black enough. The black community is so primitive.

    • anonymous

      Even the Hispanics don’t get along with them. Where I live, as the Hispanics have moved in, the blacks have moved out. My brother teaches at a school that is mixed and says the blacks/browns are always fighting and he’s always having to break fights and send them to the principal’s office. Mind you, these are junior-high kids! The funny thing is, the Hispanics and Whites around where I live get along well. A few years ago, we had blacks go into areas and were targetting whites and other nonblacks for gang initation. It only made local news here.

    • William_JD

      I think what you’re tring to say is that they’re very present-oriented, and present-oriented people don’t value life, since it’s something that mostly occurs in the future. Blacks don’t value life — including their own — so they will fight to the death over trifles.

      • OlderWoman

        ‘trifles’. One of blacks favorite words is ‘trifling’. Now they use the word ‘ratched’ for ‘wretched’. Their stupidity amazes me.

      • LastBastionOfHope

        Precisely…they are like children, it’s now or never. If they don’t get their candy bar now, they throw a fit. There is no tomorrow or next year for them. They need the money NOW, they need to steal that TV NOW. They cannot grasp the idea of getting a job, slowly saving money, and buying these things.

    • Ed_NY

      Killings because they were dissed (insulted). Senseless!

  • Joe Mama

    How long do bantus need to mourn over thrown away Timberland boots before it’s safe to be near them ??

    • Ed_NY

      It’s never safe to be near them. Avoid them at all cost.

  • Some Guy

    This just happened again, this time in Philly. No mention of race, but we can guess.

    “It doesn’t appear the suspect knew the victim and investigators believe he may have mental health issues, Nestel said.” The excuses have already begun.

    • Some Guy
    • Michael_C_Scott

      The Oogabooga Administration needs to stand up to the railroad lobby by banning trains. After all, who really “needs” a train with 30 cars attached to it?

  • Unperson

    ‘There was no other way to prevent injury to himself except by pushing [Han] onto the train tracks with an oncoming train?’

    Of course there were other ways to resolve this (non-) issue. Just none that would occur to the cognitively-limited, violence-prone African mind.

    Tale of to the tape:

    Naeem Davis: age 30; physically very large; (presumably) sober

    Ki-Suck Han: age 58, (presumably) much smaller than his attacker, and weakened by alcohol*

    This deadly assault was so one-sided, I’m surprised the MSM didn’t describe it as a “brawl.”

    * This part was Han’s own fault. Yes, I’ve been drunk on subways too — but not at lunchtime.

  • OlderWoman

    Just another stupid black man. Placing property above a human life.

  • Jeff

    I’m so sick of my community here providing ever-increasing homeless services, which attracts ever-increasing number of homeless people, and ever-increasing political power for the homeless industry. People act as if the homeless are ordinary people “just like us”, and there is no social and other cost associated with having them around.

    There is a big cost to having homeless people around. They bring crime and disease and drive away business and lower property values and rents.

    They also kill people sometimes.

  • Yep, killing a man because you were still upset over the loss of a pair of boots is certainly understandable. Negroes: God’s violent clowns.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    I notice Davis didn’t kill the individual who threw his boots away.

    I’ve had things stolen; my TSA agent housemate/housesitter was a compulsive thief and pathological liar. Since he’s now six years into a three-to-life sentence with mandatory life on parole for molesting children, I wonder how the old “steal something and then claim it had been his all along” bit is working for him in the state pen. Possessions don’t just get stolen; sometimes we lose them or they just wear out. I replaced a car battery on Wednesday, but we got 102 months out of that 60-month battery. That’s a good deal. I’m not going to push someone in front of a train because of that battery. Instead, I bought the same brand, because I figure they’re good.

    I make some truly nifty items in my basement workshop, and weld in my garage, though I can’t lathe-turn anything here yet. I can always make more stuff, and this usually costs almost nothing.

    Perhaps for “people” of only the basest animal intellect and greed, the loss of a pair of boots would justify murder of some third party.

    Property is property, but if we are allowed to take anything with us, it certainly won’t be these things.

  • He should have looked up that NY city cop who gave the other “homeless guy” a pair of boots. I’m sure he would have hooked him up.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    While I can sympathise with how upsetting it is to have something small lost or stolen when you have next to nothing, it’s no excuse to go harming a stranger who had nothing to do with the incident.

    I’d rather go after the person who DID take my boots. Hey, i’m Canadian, warm boots are important.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I actually did have my old TSA agent housemate try to steal three pairs of my good boots back in 2003: one pair of black leather combat boots, resoled with Vibrams, one pair of East German Neuevolksarmee jackboots, also resoled with Vibrams, and one pair of Wehrmacht officer’s jackboots with original “horseshoe & hobnails” soles. I was looking for them, and he had moved them into his bedroom closet, so I retrieved them.

      When Robert discovered them missing, he pitched a fit, claiming that they had been “his” all along and also claiming that he not only had no idea where mine were, but that he wasn’t responsible for where I misplace my property, finally feigning outrage that I had entered “his” room.

      Instead of beating him to a pulp, I sat him down and explained the facts of life to him: 1. The boots were all very distinctive. 2. Each pair was about two sizes too large to fit him. 3. He had not paid me any rent at all in the previous four months, which meant he was no longer a tenant, but simply a freeloading house guest and that “his” room had reverted to being just another one of my rooms in my house. 4. That when he later went to work I would conduct a thorough search of his ex-room for any more of my property that might have been “misplaced” there. 5. That I be changing the locks on the doors, and not providing him keys. 6. That he would be moving out as soon as he returned from work and that I would not be helping with the loading operation, though I would be supervising it to ensure that nothing I had “misplaced” was “accidentally” driven away in his car.

      There is a right way and a wrong way to deal with these situations.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Another good question is why N’D’Naeem was homeless instead of working to support himself. (“No, man, I can’t bes workin, cause my back hurt and it be’s a log way fo me to go get the stuffs I needs wif my EBT card. My back be hurtin lots and I needs my stuff bad. Gnome sayin? When my back be hurtin, I be scared of little ol Korea dudes. You got some back medicine and stuff I can get, cracker?”)

    The word for today is “Racist” (n.): Someone who does not want to be thrown in front of a moving train by an African drug addict.