Man charged with pushing man on train pleads not guilty to murder

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A passing passenger accused of killing a 68-year-old man on New Years Day by pushing him into the path of an oncoming train at the Old Town transit center pleaded no guilty Friday on a murder charge.

Ryan Michael Rukstelis, 26, is charged with the death of Santee resident Martin Andara, who police say was pushed by Rukstelis and fell onto the side of a passing train. He died at the scene.

According to San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown, the victim had just got off a southbound cart and was walking on the platform when Rukstelis pushed him onto an oncoming train “unprovoked”.

Rukstelis was arrested three days later in the 2200 block of Park Boulevard in Balboa Park shortly after 3 p.m., police said.

He remains in custody without bail after his arraignment on Friday morning.

Although Rukstelis’ attorney Denis Lainez has not challenged his client’s status on bail, Deputy District Attorney Scott Pirrello has requested that he continue to be held without bail in the interests of security. public.

The prosecutor described the alleged murder as a “random, sudden and unprovoked attack on a completely innocent 68-year-old victim who was on her way to work that morning.”

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