Witness: Man dies after altercation with teen on subway platform

Posted: Updated:
BROOKLYN -

A 65-year-old man is dead after a witness says he got into an altercation with an 18-year-old at the Jay Street-Metrotech subway station Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. on the platform of the R train.

Police say a witness told them the teen was talking to himself and got in the personal space of the 65-year-old. The man then asked him to move away, which he did for a short time.

The teen then came back and sucker-punched the man, News 12 is told. The man then fell onto the tracks and was later pronounced dead at Brooklyn Hospital.

The man was not hit by a train or electrocuted. His official cause of death is unknown at this time.

The 18-year-old was taken into police custody, and News 12 is told he has nine prior arrests for crimes including criminal mischief, robbery and possession of a weapon.

Police are asking anyone with more information about the incident to come forward.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."