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The NYPD said Saturday that a man has been arrested in connection with a fatal robbery on the stairwell of a Manhattan subway station after someone saw him in Central Park and called a tip line.


David Robinson, 53, was awaiting arrest after being arrested Friday on charges of manslaughter and manslaughter in the death of 58-year-old Htwe Thanh. It was not immediately clear whether Robinson had an attorney who could comment on the allegations, and no phone number for his home was immediately found.

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According to officials, the victim was walking a few steps up the Canal Street subway station in Chinatown with her 22-year-old son on July 17, when Robinson grabbed the son’s bag, causing both the son and the mother to descend the stairs. She was in a coma for several days before she succumbed to her injuries.

The NYPD publicly identified Robinson as a suspect later that month.

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The attack came amid a wave of concern about crime in the country’s most populous city, especially in subways. Crime in the metro system soared as ridership fell during the early part of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was a horrific crime this summer, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the victim’s family,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Tim Minton said in a statement Saturday.

Noting that the transit agency now has security cameras at every station, he said that “anyone who hunts transit riders can be identified and face justice.”

with Associated Press.