Man Choked To Death On Subway After Allegedly Threatening Riders

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A 30-year-old man was put in a chokehold and died on a Manhattan subway after he allegedly threatened other passengers.

The incident unfolded on Monday (May 1) when the 30-year-old man got on the train and started acting aggressively toward other riders, per NBC New York.

"The man got on the subway car and began to say a somewhat aggressive speech, saying he was hungry, he was thirsty, that he didn't care about anything, he didn't care about going to jail, he didn't care that he gets a big life sentence," said Juan Alberto Vazquez, a passenger who recorded part of the incident. "That 'It doesn't even matter if I died.'"

Vazquez said he and other passengers on the train feared for their life, prompting a 24-year-old rider to put the 30-year-old man in a chokehold. The passenger noted that the chokehold lasted about 15 minutes.

The 30-year-old man was unconscious on the car floor when officers arrived and ultimately died at the scene, according to police. The 24-year-old rider who delivered the chokehold was questioned and released by NYPD. It's unclear whether he will face charges.

"The way detectives have to look at this case is, what would a reasonable person do and what would a reasonable person be expected to do," said former NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan.

A medical examiner has yet to determine an official cause of death.

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