Man Charged in Bronx Subway Shove Held Without Bail

NEW YORK (AP) -

A man accused of shoving unprovoked a stranger in front of a Bronx subway train, killing him, appeared before a judge who ordered him held without bail.

Kevin Darden did not enter a plea and remained silent during the hearing Wednesday evening in Bronx Criminal Court for the killing of 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok.

Kwok was standing with his wife on a subway platform in the Grand Concourse on Sunday when Darden pushed him in front of an approaching train. The 34-year-old Darden was picked up Tuesday evening and charged with second-degree murder.

His attorney, Edward McGowan, said outside court that he wants to remind people that his client is not a monster but rather a human who should be presumed innocent.

Darden, whose next court date is Nov. 24, has a history of arrests for assault and robbery. He had last been busted, for pickpocketing, a week ago. Charges are also pending in a separate subway encounter earlier this month, when he pushed a man to the ground.