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  • The MTA says someone has made a habit of pulling the emergency brakes on subways at the worst possible time: the height of rush hour

  • Thousands of riders have already been delayed by the culprit or culprits who sneak off sometime after bringing trains to a halt

  • The wrongdoer is breaking into the operators car with keys and pulling that brake, the MTA said

A young Yankees fan with a t-shirt that says "Swag Don't Come Cheap" is suspected of pulling the brakes on a train at rush hour Tuesday, the latest in a rash of incidents that has disrupted thousands of commuters.

The NYPD said early Thursday it is looking for a black man, ages 20 to 30, with brown eyes and black hair, roughly 5'9" and weighing 160 pounds. Surveillance video shows him in a Yankees cap and the boastful Nike shirt.

It got the photo and video from Tuesday's incident, which started at the West 14th Street station just before 5:45 p.m. The suspect allegedly opened the rear door of the last car, "surfed" the train for several stops and then pulled the brake.

It was not immediately clear if the suspect in Tuesday's episode is linked to the rash of similar escapades this year.


The NYPD says this man is wanted in connection with a subway brake-pulling incident on May 21 on the 2 line at rush hour.
Photo credit: NYPD

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The MTA acknowledged Wednesday that someone has been making a habit of pulling the emergency brakes on subways at the worst possible time: the height of rush hour.

Thousands of riders have already been delayed by the culprit or culprits, who sneak off sometime after bringing trains to a halt, surfing on the back of the cars and getting away via tunnels.

The MTA says whoever is intentionally ruining riders commutes may have been at it for a while now. Complaints from riders on Twitter about a pulled emergency brake go back months.

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