Hotheaded straphangers took out their frustration on a conductor, assaulting him while his train was at the Grant Ave. station in Brooklyn early Saturday morning, officials said.
Police said that the conductor reported complaints from three people angry that they missed their stop on the southbound A train that had been running express.
Videos posted to Facebook of the assault that took place about 4 a.m. show a man in a red T-shirt arguing with the conductor before reaching into his cab in an attempt to drag him out. Police said another person threw beer cans at the conductor, scratching his arm. He also suffered a laceration from a punch.
Grant Avenue Station Assault On A MTA Conductor… Also known as a fellow co-worker/brother of mines. When will the Assaults END?? We “The Frontline” of the MTA must be heard NOW!!!!!!! Not at another funeral of a falling brother/sister. @MSNBC @Power1051 @HOT97 @ABC7NY @fox5ny pic.twitter.com/mNXnLzRJnU
— Jay (@MrWillJHolla) August 13, 2018
Then the punches started flying — a woman in the group joined in, swinging wildly at the conductor, as he fends off the attack.
“What the f–k is wrong with you,” a voice can be heard in the video. “Get him, that’s right, get him,” someone can be heard saying as the assault happens.
Fellow passengers can be heard yelling, “Stop, stop” and “That’s seven years,” referring to the maximum penalty for the Class D felony of assaulting a transit worker.
The train was discharged at the nearby Rockaway Park station, where the conductor gave a report to the police.
Jonathan Baldwin, a bus driver who saw one of the Facebook videos, posted a recording of it to Twitter to call attention to assaults on transit workers.
“It’s sickening, it’s disgusting,” Baldwin, 37, said. “We get the blunt force of all the drama.”
NYC Transit President Andy Byford released a statement callign the attack unacceptable.
“I’m disgusted by this horrific assault of our colleague. It is absolutely unacceptable, and we are working closely with the NYPD to make certain the perpetrators are identified, arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Byford said.
“We’re also collaborating with TWU Local 100 on ways to combat assaults, including discussing a potential pilot program for bodycams. Transit workers are on the front lines every day making this city run and they deserve a safe work environment and the appreciation of fellow New Yorkers, not the heinous treatment seen here.”
Transport Workers Union Local 100 added the suspect’s image to a “Wanted” poster of people accused of assaulting MTA employees.
“If you attack one of our members, we are going to do everything in our power to make sure you are identified, arrested and prosecuted,” TWU President Tony Utano said. “We’re fighting back against these criminals.”