A pair of MTA conductors were attacked by riders in separate incidents overnight, with one menaced with a gun and the other punched in the face, cops and agency workers said Friday.
The first incident happened at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station in downtown Brooklyn around 9:04 p.m. Thursday when a group of young punks started waving a gun around and then threatened the train’s conductor, said agency sources. The kids ran, and cops did not recover a weapon.
Then, just after midnight, a straphanger held up the doors of a subway train in Harlem and punched a conductor in the face when he told him to stop, cops said.
Julio Leonardo allegedly held the doors of a southbound No. 4 train at the 125th Street station in Manhattan, preventing it from moving. When the conductor on board the train demanded that Leonardo let the train go, the rider reared back and punched him.
The conductor then punched Leonardo back.
Cops arrested Leonardo and charged him with assault. They took him the hospital, where doctors treated him for a cut lip.
The conductor, who suffered a swollen face and broken nose, was not arrested.
Train operator Michael Brantley said the scene turned chaotic in the moments after the attack.
“You’ve just been assaulted, and you have a crowd coming at you like you’re going to riot,” he said.
New York City Transit President Andy Byford added, “Our conductor was just doing his job, helping our customers and helping to keep the train moving when he was senselessly attacked.
“I am disgusted by this attack on my colleague, and we are working closely with police to ensure that the perpetrator is held accountable.”
The incidents are just two of several in the past year where subway riders have attacked MTA workers.
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