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Queens subway attacker charged with manslaughter: cops

The Queens straphanger accused of fatally attacking a fellow rider for bumping into him on a subway platform was charged with manslaughter Tuesday, police said. 

Carlos Garcia, 50, is accused of getting into a scuffle with a 48-year-old victim during Monday’s evening rush hour at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue 74th Street subway station after the victim bumped into him on the platform, causing the suspect’s cell phone to fall on the tracks. 

Photo of subway crime scene
The 48-year-old was killed on Monday following a fight on the platform.
Peter Gerber

When the victim refused to go down to the tracks to retrieve the fallen phone, Garcia got into a physical altercation with him as the pair screamed at each other in Spanish, witnesses and police sources said. 

Cop sources initially said Garcia then pushed the victim onto the tracks and into the path of an oncoming train, killing the man. But other police sources said Tuesday that the victim may have fallen onto the roadbed and into the train’s path amid the scuffle. 

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