Man accused of pushing Michelle Go is not fit to stand trial

The man who fatally pushed Michelle Go was declared unfit to stand trial

The man who fatally pushed Michelle Go was deemed unfit to stand trial (Images: LinkedIn)

The man accused of killing an Asian-American woman when he pushed her in front of an oncoming subway train in Times Square in January has been deemed unfit to stand trial, prosecutors said.

Martial Simon was taken into the custody of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene during a court appearance Tuesday, a spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Psychiatrists at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan declared him unfit to stand trial last month, according to the New York Times.

During Tuesday’s court hearing, prosecutors decided not to contest the psychiatrists’ finding and Simon was remanded into the custody of the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene until he is fit to get back on his feet.

Simon, 61, was previously denied bond and has been held in Bellevue since his arrest on Jan. 15. He did not appear in court on Tuesday.

His case is now suspended until further notice.

Simon was charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly pushed 40-year-old Michelle Go onto subway tracks when a train stopped at the Times Square 42nd Street subway station on Jan. 15, prosecutors said.

Go was standing on the platform of the southbound NQR train when the attack occurred.
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While Simon was not charged with a hate crime, Go’s death came amid a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes in New York City and the rest of the US after his death. Hundreds of people gathered in Times Square to honor Go, who outside of her professional life also spent time volunteering with the New York Junior League helping the homeless.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul have vowed to step up homeless outreach and police presence on subways following the recent rise in subway crime .

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