NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police have identified a suspect in the case of a college student who was killed in the subway after investigators said he fell onto the tracks during an altercation.
Police say cameras outside the Bedford Avenue station in Brooklyn captured video of the man wanted in connection with the deadly subway fight Friday night. On Monday night, police identified the suspect as 33-year-old Ryan Beauchamp and released a new photo, in addition to a previously released surveillance video.
Hundreds of witnesses were there when police say a verbal argument began onboard the “L” train between 20-year-old Joshua Basin and the suspect.
Police say when the train stopped at the Bedford Avenue station, the fight spilled out onto the platform and both men fell onto the tracks.
Cops say the suspect was able to climb out, but Basin was trapped below and was hit and killed by an oncoming train.
Zena Basin, the victim’s mother, is devastated by the loss of her only child and said her son wasn’t the type who would be involved in such a violent altercation.
“He never fought with his friends,” she said. ”He was so easy-going, everybody knew him. He had a million friends.”
Now, police are trying to track down the suspect in this deadly fight while the family and friends of the 20-year-old are pleading for justice.
“I need justice for him,” Zena Basin said. “I need whoever did this to be caught.”
Police have classified Joshua Basin’s death as a homicide.
Beauchamp is identified as a white man with a thin build, dirty blond hair and pock marks on the right side of his face. Police said he was wearing brown pants, a black rain jacket and black sneakers at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information should call police or Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
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