MTA: There's a serial subway brake-yanker on the loose

David Caplan
May 22, 2019 - 6:23 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The MTA is on the hunt for a man who police say has been activating the emergency brakes on subway trains and disrupting thousands of commuters. 

According to NYPD, the suspect entered a northbound 2 train located on the corner of West 14th Street and Seventh Avenue where he was able to gain access to the rear train car.

The suspect opened the rear door and rode several stops on the outside of the car after which he activated the emergency brake police say.

Officials say he was last seen wearing a black New York Yankees cap, a black Nike t-shirt with the words "SWAG DON'T COME CHEAP" on the front, baggy khaki pants and white and black sneakers.



"We suspect someone has intentionally disrupted thousands of commutes on the 2/3 lines today by activating multiple trains’ emergency brakes," the MTA tweeted. "If you see any suspicious behavior, please @ or DM us details ASAP, including car #, so we can get trains back on schedule."

MTA chairmain Pat Foye said Wednesday that train data and reports from transit workers have led him to believe that there is "an individual or a group of individuals that are systematically gaining access to subway cars, pulling emergency brakes and then fleeing to the tracks" before repeating the prank on another train. 

He added, "This is not an isolated incident and it’s been happening for years.”

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