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CrimeMan Accused Of Surfing The Subway, Pulling Emergency Brakes Arrested

14:31  24 may  2019
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Subway workers began raising alarms in recent months: Emergency brakes on New York City subway trains were being deliberately pulled , acts of apparent sabotage that were setting off major delays on the sprawling system. There were clues. A man spotted surfing on the back of a train.

The man has mostly been pulling the emergency brakes on the 2 and 5 trains. He's been able to do so successfully because authorities believe he "What they do is they go in, they operate the emergency brake , the've been in some cases surfing on the back of the train and they run off before

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police say a man accused of pulling the emergency brakes on subway trains and causing delays for thousands of riders is now under arrest.

Isaiah Thompson was charged early Friday morning with reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and public lewdness.

As CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports, the 23-year-old has been arrested 17 times before.

Last year, Thompson was arrested for hanging onto the side of a C train in Brooklyn. He was also arrested in a subway slashing.

In the latest incident, police say he pulled the emergency brakes on a northbound 2 train during Tuesday’s evening rush.

Man Accused Of Surfing The Subway, Pulling Emergency Brakes Arrested© Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio IncMORE:‘Stupid, Dangerous, Selfish:’ NYPD Trying To Track Down Suspects Surfing Subway Trains And Pulling Brakes

The MTA says it’s a growing problem that’s mainly affecting the 2 and 4 lines. It’s happened as many as 40 times since the start of the year, but it’s become more frequent in the last two months, causing unexpected delays across 700 trains.

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Subway riders intentionally pulling emergency brakes , possibly for years, sought by NYPD. There are emergency brakes located in each train car, both among the riding public and within a locked train cab. When a brake is pulled , the train is stopped and cannot begin moving again until the authority

Surveillance video shows one man surfing a northbound 2 train at the 14th Street and Seventh Avenue subway station on Tuesday. Police say he rode for several stops before pulling the emergency brakes . “This is stupid, it’s dangerous, it’s selfish and it’s got to stop,” Transit Authority President

The emergency brakes are only accessible with a key, and there haven’t been signs of forced entry.

MTA officials say that means the person – or group of people – responsible somehow got ahold of the keys to access the brakes.

“This is life or death stuff involving really complicated, dangerous machinery that could endanger the lives of transit workers just doing their jobs and our customers. It’s serious,” MTA Chairman Pat Foye said earlier this week.

Police have deployed extra officers to the subway system in order to ride the rails and investigate these incidents. They say Thompson may not be alone in these crimes, and they continue to search for other suspects.

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