SHEEPSHEAD BAY – A fleeing thief was struck by a Q train yesterday afternoon as he tried to evade pursuit, police said.
Around 3:30 pm on Thursday, December 27, the 52-year-old man stole a cell phone from the Metro PCS Store on Avenue Z, about a block north of the Sheepshead Bay B/Q station, police said.
As he was chased by a store employee, the thief fled into the station and was spotted by the crew of a Q train as he climbed onto the above-ground tracks. Police searched for their suspect until a call from the Neck Road station brought them to a halt: there was a body on the tracks.
Police and the Medical Examiner attended to the scene where the suspect had been killed, causing disruptions in service along the line. The victim has yet to be identified.
Service Update: Southbound B and Q trains are bypassing Neck Rd after someone was fatally struck by a train at this station.
Other service changes remain in effect.
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) December 27, 2018
BRIGHTON BEACH – About 12 hours later, a body was found in the middle of the night in Brighton Beach, down near the eastern edge of the Reigelmann Boardwalk, around 3:20 am on Friday, December 28, police said.
Responding to a call of an unconscious woman near the Seacoast Tower Apartments, at 1311 Brightwater Avenue, officers found the body of a woman on the shoreline of the beach. According to police, she fully clothed, with no obvious signs of trauma.
The woman was unconscious and unresponsive when police arrived and EMS pronounced her dead at the scene. Her name has not yet been released and the Medical Examiner will determine a cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.