More details about the 31-year-old Bronx woman who pushed an Indian immigrant in front of an oncoming New York City subway train Dec. 28 are emerging.


Erika Menendez, who has been charged with murder as a hate crime, has a history of mental illness. She told police her actions were motivated by a hatred of Muslim and Hindus for 9-11, “when they put down the Twin Towers.”


According to "The New York Times," Menendez’s troubled past includes:


“. . . years of contact with New York City’s mental health and law enforcement establishments. She was treated by the psychiatric staffs of at least two city hospitals, and caseworkers visited her family home in Queens to provide further help.”


"New York Daily News" reports on Menendez’ previous brushes with the law. These include an attack nine years ago on Queens firefighter Daniel Conlisk, who had been a 9-11 first responder. Not only that:


“Police said two months before she assaulted Conlisk, Menendez was arrested for punching a 28-year-old man in the face . . . She has at least eight prior arrests stretching back to her teens. And cops suspect there are some assaults she got away with.”


The Wall Street Journal” offers more details about Menendez’s mental health and criminal history. Many of the incidents, it notes, were reported by her mother:


Maricela Mera, [who] told police on four separate occasions between 2005 and 2012 that her daughter was acting violently and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder . . .One police record said Ms. Menendez was diagnosed with schizophrenia.”




 

 

Subway Pusher’s Past Comes to Light

by Charesse James
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Dec 31, 2012

Subway Pusher’s Past Comes to Light

 

More details about the 31-year-old Bronx woman who pushed an Indian immigrant in front of an oncoming New York City subway train Dec. 28 are emerging.


Erika Menendez, who has been charged with murder as a hate crime, has a history of mental illness. She told police her actions were motivated by a hatred of Muslim and Hindus for 9-11, “when they put down the Twin Towers.”


According to "The New York Times," Menendez’s troubled past includes:


“. . . years of contact with New York City’s mental health and law enforcement establishments. She was treated by the psychiatric staffs of at least two city hospitals, and caseworkers visited her family home in Queens to provide further help.”


"New York Daily News" reports on Menendez’ previous brushes with the law. These include an attack nine years ago on Queens firefighter Daniel Conlisk, who had been a 9-11 first responder. Not only that:


“Police said two months before she assaulted Conlisk, Menendez was arrested for punching a 28-year-old man in the face . . . She has at least eight prior arrests stretching back to her teens. And cops suspect there are some assaults she got away with.”


The Wall Street Journal” offers more details about Menendez’s mental health and criminal history. Many of the incidents, it notes, were reported by her mother:


Maricela Mera, [who] told police on four separate occasions between 2005 and 2012 that her daughter was acting violently and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder . . .One police record said Ms. Menendez was diagnosed with schizophrenia.”




 

 

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