Passenger assaults Metro-North conductor after refusing to pay fare, MTA says

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WESTPORT, Conn. (PIX11) — A Metro-North conductor was assaulted on a packed train Friday, forcing commuters to be taken off and transferred to another train, transit authorities said.

It happened shortly after 11 a.m. on a New Haven Line train that left Grand Central Terminal at 10:04 a.m., according to the MTA.

A customer allegedly refused to pay so the conductor told him to get off the train at the Westport Station, the MTA said. That’s when the passenger shoved the conductor, who fell to the ground and hurt his hand.

The attacker ran from the train and was later arrested, MTA spokeswoman Margie Anders said.

Passengers were evacuated to secure the train as a crime scene, a transit spokesman said. After a delay of about 40 minutes, those passengers were put on another train and their journey continued.