Man arrested for pulling emergency brake on 2 train

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 23-year-old Brooklyn resident Isaiah Thompson for reckless endangerment and criminal trespass early Friday morning for pulling a 2 train’s emergency brakes earlier this week.

Thompson reportedly gained access to the rear of a train car while the uptown 2 train was in the West 14th Street/Seventh Avenue station on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:43 p.m. Police said that he opened the rear door and rode for several stops on the outside of the train car, after which he allegedly activated the train’s emergency brakes.

Thompson was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass in connection with the incident in the First Precinct at 12:25 a.m. on Friday.

Multiple news outlets reported this week that someone has been causing disruptions throughout the subway system by pulling the emergency brakes in the last few months, similar to the way that Thompson allegedly pulled the brake on the uptown 2 train on Tuesday, but police are still investigating if Thompson is connected to any of these incidents as well.

Thompson was also charged with public lewdness for reportedly exposing himself to passengers on a subway platform while he was riding on the outside of the rear portion of an uptown train at the West 14th Street/Eighth Avenue station on Thursday, May 16, police said.

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