Police arrest man for subway emergency brake-pulling

Glenn Schuck
May 24, 2019 - 6:44 am



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Just after midnight Friday, police arrested 23-year-old Isaiah Thompson of Bedford-Stuyvesant for pulling the emergency brake on a northbound 2 train in Chelsea during the evening rush Tuesday.

Police caught him hours after releasing surveillance video and the day after condemnation from New York City Transit president Andy Byford.

“I’d like them to face the consequences of their actions and I’d like to ban them from the subway,” Byford said, “It’s stupid, it’s dangerous, and it’s selfish and we intend to nail them.”


So far, Thompson has only been charged with this incident but reports say he is linked potentially to dozens more which have led to 750 delays and cancellations.

He was also charged with exposing himself to passengers on a B train in Manhattan on May 16.

Byford released a statement in response to Thompson's arrest.

“I am relieved that police now have a suspect in this case, and we will do everything in our power to facilitate their investigation.," it read, "Let this be a reminder that anyone who intentionally disrupts the subway, endangering our employees and customers, will be sought by the police and caught. If this person is indeed found to be responsible for breaking into trains and pulling emergency brakes dozens of times he should face a lengthy prison term and the strictest possible penalties.  In addition, as we said at our May board meeting, these incidents illustrate why the law needs to allow recidivists who repeatedly target subway customers or employees to be banned from the property.  I want to thank the NYPD for their hard work in this ongoing investigation and our customers for their concern and their tips.”