He’s an actual jerk!
Police on Thursday launched a photograph of the brake-yanking scoundrel who has been disrupting subways throughout rush hour — inflicting greater than 700 commute-crushing delays since February alone.
The picture exhibits the rail reprobate casually hanging out on the again of a subway automobile carrying a Yankees cap and a Nike shirt with the phrase “SWAG DON’T COME CHEAP” emblazoned throughout it.
The transit troublemaker climbed onto the again of the northbound No. 2 practice at round 5:45 p.m. Tuesday on the 14th Avenue Station close to Seventh Avenue — then rode the rails for a number of stops earlier than pulling the emergency brake and fleeing, cops stated early Thursday.
Police say the subway saboteur has yanked the brake on about 40 trains — totally on the two/5 line in Brooklyn — and MTA officers say the antics have impacted tens of 1000’s of commuters since February.
And he could have struck once more on Thursday — a practice’s brakes have been inexplicably triggered on the two/5 line at Nevins Avenue in Brooklyn, one among his favourite areas — at round 11:30 a.m.
“Northbound 5 trains are operating on the two line from Nevins St to 149 St as a result of a practice’s brakes have been robotically activated at Nevins St,” the company tweeted.
The MTA couldn’t say Thursday whether or not the incident was being investigated as a part of the sample.
Every time the braker strikes, he makes use of the identical MO — he climbs on the again of a practice, unlatches a security chain after which makes use of an MTA-issued grasp key to crack open a “storm door” main into the practice operator’s cabin, which is empty as a result of the operator rides on the entrance of the practice.
As soon as inside, he pulls an emergency brake lever — inflicting the practice to come back to a screeching halt that may ship passengers tumbling — earlier than scampering off into the darkness, officers stated.
And he could also be ramping up the frequency of his strikes, in accordance with police.
“We consider it started in February and continued in March and elevated in frequency in April and Might,” police stated.
Final week, he managed to single-handedly cripple two trains inside two minutes of each other in a Brooklyn station, in accordance with incident stories shared with The Submit.
At 9:10 p.m. on Might 15, he climbed aboard a southbound No. 2 practice at Brooklyn’s Winthrop Avenue Station, unlatched safety chains on the again automobile and popped open the storm door to achieve entry to an empty cab, the place he pulled the emergency brake earlier than scampering off.
Whereas the practice’s conductor and motorman have been scratching their heads over the cease, the rogue was tearing over to a northbound practice on the identical station — which he halted at 9:12 p.m., information present.
Common service resumed about 10 minutes later, however the harm was achieved.
Two days later, he struck once more at 5:51 p.m., managing to sabotage a northbound No. 2 practice operated by the identical driver and conductor who have been onboard through the Might 15 incident — this time all the best way up on 116th Avenue in Harlem, incident stories present.
He additionally nailed a northbound No. 5 practice at President Avenue in Brooklyn at 4:21 p.m. on Might 8, resulting in delays on the two, 3, Four and 5 traces simply as folks have been getting out of labor that Wednesday night.
Police have stepped up patrols in response to the incidents and are deploying 25 additional officers to patrol the subways for any signal of the suspect or every other offenders.
However even when he’s busted, he’ll probably face solely misdemeanor fees of reckless endangerment and obstruction of presidency administration, police sources stated.
The Class A misdemeanors every carry a most sentence of 1 12 months in jail or three years’ probation, together with a potential $1,000 positive.
“It’s as much as the police, and it is dependent upon the precise info they get him on,” a supply acquainted with the investigation stated. “In no less than a number of the instances, he’s utilizing keys.”
NYC Transit chief Andy Byford on Wednesday pledged of any potential violators: “We’re going to hunt them down. We intend to nail them.”
Further reporting by Stephanie Pagones