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Cricket prankster Zaida Pugh hit with reckless endangerment charge in court

BROOKLYN — The woman who released a container of crickets and worms on a crowded D-train was hit with a reckless endangerment charge during her Wednesday arraignment.

Zaida Pugh, 21, posed as a homeless woman selling bugs on an Aug. 24 rush hour D-train as it traveled over the Manhattan Bridge. Another actor smacked the container out out her hand, sending bugs flying everywhere. A panicked customer pulled an emergency break.

Pugh, who turned herself into police Tuesday, was ordered held on $5,000 bail, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. She’s been charged with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, criminal nuisance and disorderly conduct.

The 21-year-old woman planned the stunt to bring attention to the way homeless people are treated, she said. She did not plan for someone to pull the emergency brake.

Passengers were trapped in a subway car without air conditioning for about 30 minutes. They climbed onto seats to avoid the 300 crickets and 300 earthworms. Pugh ranted and behaved erratically throughout that time, witnesses said.

She threw herself to the floor, thrashed around, punched walls and windows, attempted to kick out a subway window, expelled some sort of white power from her mouth and urinated on the floor, court documents show.

Brooklyn bound service on the line was suspended while the emergency brake was reset, prosecutors said. The train also had to be removed from service while people caught the critters and cleaned up the car.

Pugh is scheduled to be back in court Friday.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Brooklyn DA's office at 718-250-2340.