A chaotic subway commute last Monday morning frustrated many a rider after bitterly cold temperatures caused ice-clogged drains to flood water onto the tracks at the West Fourth Street-Washington Square station.
The delays reverberated throughout the subway system. And the Lafayette Avenue station in Fort Greene provided the backdrop for a particularly bizarre response to the subway snafu.
An angry straphanger at that station threatened an MTA employee with what appeared to be a gun, reports the NY Daily News.
The uniformed MTA employee and the passenger exited a Brooklyn-bound A train car near Fulton Street and South Portland Avenue around 11:40am on January 9, said cops. Once on the platform, the passenger started yelling at the employee.
“I should shoot you!” he shouted, flashing a black object at his hip.
“I took off running,” said the shocked MTA cleaner to the Daily. He speculated that the passenger was upset about the heavy service disruptions.
The passenger fled the station and has yet to be found. No injuries were reported, said cops.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
Additional reporting by Donny Levit.