NYPD Identifies Suspect in Subway Brawl That Ended in Track Death

March 27, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BROOKLYN — The NYPD has identified the man they believe started a scuffle in a Brooklyn subway station that spilled onto the tracks and ended in the death of a 20-year-old college student, according to the Daily News.

Ryan Beauchamp, 33, who police say is homeless, quarreled verbally with Joshua Basin, 20, and other passengers on an L train Friday night before the dispute with Basin turned physical as both men exited the train at the Bedford Avenue station, police told the Daily News.

When the fighters landed in the track bed, the man believed to be Beauchamp was able to climb out and flee but Basin was crushed by a Manhattan-bound L train.

He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Basin was a student at Laguardia Community College and his mother told the Daily News that he was studying to become a psychologist.

Beauchamp is described by police as a white male with dirty blonde hair and pock marks on the right side of his face. He has one prior arrest related to a curfew violation in Central Park, according to the Village Voice.

Anyone with information on Beauchamp is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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