84-Year-Old L.A. Woman Fatally Shoved Onto Metro Gold Line Tracks

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Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 4:30 PM

click to enlarge Alleged killer Jackkqueline Pogue Victim Betty Sugiyama
  • Alleged killer Jackkqueline Pogue Victim Betty Sugiyama
Update: 44-year-old Jackkqueline Pogue has been charged with murder. Details after the jump. Originally posted at 6:30 a.m.

And here we thought subway rage was only alive in New York Shitty.

Turns out the morning commute sucks no matter where you are -- even Little Tokyo on a temperate Sunday -- as evidenced by a strange Metro Gold Line homicide that went down just after the sun came up.

The next time you find yourself complaining about having to keep your eyes open, drink your coffee and hold your briefcase up all the way to work, try to tell yourself, "At least Jackkqueline Pogue isn't pushing me off this platform into that dark slimy pit of Metro railroad grease right now."

Eighty-four-year-old Betty Sugiyama wasn't so lucky.

Pogue apparently got fed up with the daily grind while waiting for the Gold Line train at her 200 North Alameda Street stop at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Sheriff's Lieutenant Dave Coleman said that, according to witnesses, Pogue pushed Sugiyama from the platform onto the tracks in what appeared to be an unprovoked act of sporadic violence.

It is still unknown whether the victim and her assailant knew each other prior to the sobering encounter. Pogue was cuffed at the scene for attempted murder and tagged with a $1 million bail.

Update: After being charged with Sugiyama's murder, Pogue pleaded "not guilty" this afternoon in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

The alleged shove occurred while Sugiyama was walking on the Metro platform with her 86-year-old sister. The District Attorney's Office has determined that, if convicted as charged, Pogue could spend the rest of her life in prison.

With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us.

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