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Woman charged after releasing crickets, worms on packed subway train in apparent stunt

BROOKLYN — A woman who caused chaos by releasing a container of crickets and worms on a packed D train as a stunt turned herself into authorities Tuesday afternoon.

The NYPD charged Zaida Pugh with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and falsely reporting an incident.

Pugh told the New York Post she staged Wednesday's incident and had it videotaped "to show what homeless people go through."

Pugh told the Post on Friday that a friend intentionally flipped the container over. She says the passengers attacking her also were part of the stunt.

Startled passengers had crickets on their arms and worms wriggled on the floor. A edited video posted on her Facebook page also shows her urinating on the floor as passengers ran to the other side of the car.

Someone pulled the emergency brake, halting the train for 30 minutes, which caused the air conditioner to shut off inflicting more chaos. Pugh says that wasn't planned.

Pugh remains in custody in Brooklyn.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.