Erica Menedez was arrested Saturday after witnesses said she looked like the woman in the surveillance video.
She’s accused in the death of Sunando Sen who lived in Queens and ran a printing shop.
Sen is from India and is either Hindu or Muslim.
It is unclear why hate crime charges are being filed.
“It’s just a really sad commentary on the world and on human beings, period,” said Howard Roth, who takes the subway daily told India West