NEW YORK — Three men hired to work security for the MTA have been charged with assaulting a 20-year-old subway rider who was detained the day before after trying to exit a Manhattan subway station through an emergency exit door. was taken in source.
Sources said the three were on duty at the N 14th Street station around 3:15 pm on Wednesday when the three contractors, who were unarmed, took the man into custody. The sources said the person exited the turnstile and exited the station, three came back and began recording at least one contractor on their cell phones.
One of the three contractors allegedly snatched the phone and threw it on the ground, breaking it. Sources said the other two allegedly surrounded the cyclist and started thrashing him, while the alleged phone thief kicked him. Sources said the cyclist grabbed his phone and left, then reported the incident to the traffic police at the station.
According to sources, video surveillance appeared to capture the incident and match the cyclist’s description of events. The sources said the two contractors were taken in for questioning and later arrested on charges of third-degree assault. The third contractor had fled the scene and was not caught till Thursday afternoon.
The passenger was treated for minor facial injuries and is expected to recover.
The name of the provider was not immediately clear. Sources said at least one of the three persons arrested has an extensive criminal history, though all previous cases were sealed.
The agency’s chief of external relations, John McCarthy, said the MTA is cooperating with the New York Police.
“In the meantime, the vendor employing the guards has assured that those suspected of involvement will not be assigned to work at MTA facilities,” McCarthy said.