A Roosevelt man was arrested on felony murder charges Saturday for his alleged role in a violent robbery that left a man dead on the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Bellmore, Metropolitan Transit Authority police said.
Police were initially called around 4:50 a.m. on Aug. 24 to the Bellmore station of the Long Island Rail Road after a 911 caller said a man had fallen from the station platform onto the tracks after suffering a seizure.
After a lengthy police investigation, authorities learned that the 49-year-old victim had been involved in a verbal dispute with another man. The verbal tussle reportedly turned to a physical altercation on the commuter rail platform, leading to the victim falling onto the tracks.
The victim died after hitting the electrified third rail.
Detectives from the MTA Police Department and Nassau County Homicide Squad arrested Niheim Levy, 34, of Bennett Avenue, on felony murder and first-degree robbery charges.
“This is a great example of the outstanding working relationship the two agencies share which led to the expeditious arrest of a Homicide Suspect,” Insp. Joseph Martelli, the commanding officer of the MTA Police Detective Division said in a news release.
Police are withhold the name of the victim, as they attempt to notify family members of his death.
Levy remained in custody Saturday evening. No attorney information for him was listed in a court database.