Laughing Subway saboteur, 30, is arrested for ‘derailing a Manhattan train by throwing metal clamps on the rails’ and injuring three people
- Demetrius Harvard, 30, has been charged with a derailed train
- An A train passing through the West Village derailed Sunday morning
- Police alleged that Harvard put metal clamps in the rails to watch the train derail
- They claim he stood on stage and laughed while watching
- Three people were injured when the 8:17 am train came off the rails
- Harvard, from the Bronx, was held by travelers on the train who held him down
A Bronx man has been charged with criminal mischief after metal clamps were thrown on the New York subway, causing a train to derail and injure three people.
Demetrius Harvard, 30, from the Bronx, was arrested immediately after the Uptown A train arrived at Manhattan’s 14th St – Eighth Avenue station.
The train entered the station at 8:17 AM and hit metal clamps placed on the rails.
Police believe the suspect has found a stack of connecting plates, normally used to attach the train tracks to the foundation, on a stack of building materials at 14th St. station.
Harvard has reportedly tried to throw the records on track twice, sources told the US New York Post.
Demetrius Harvard, 30, from the Bronx, was arrested in connection with Sunday’s incident
Harvard was immediately taken into custody by the New York City transit police
Harvard has been charged with reckless threat, criminal mischief, assault and criminal trespass
The first time the debris was thrown on the rails, a Good Samaritan went down to retrieve them, the Post reports.
But Harvard would have put the plates on the rails a second time, just before the train entered the station.
When the train pulled up, three of the subways derailed – and Harvard reportedly laughed as the train swerved.
“The investigation found that a 30-year-old man was throwing construction debris on the northern A-Train track, causing the first subway car to derail when entering the station,” the NYPD said in a statement.
Harvard has been charged with reckless threat, criminal mischief, assault and criminal trespass.
Harvard was previously arrested on Sept. 5 on charges of criminal mischief after allegedly throwing a metal sofa through a bus window, the Post said.
The upper town A train derailed in the West Village on Sunday morning
The Manhattan subway was badly affected by the crash on Sunday morning
About 30 people were evacuated from the train, and they helped hold Harvard – who was reportedly seen celebrating his achievement.
Three passengers sustained minor injuries.
One refused medical attention. Another was treated on the spot while the third was taken to Bellevue Hospital for further treatment, officials said.
The wheels of one of the derailed train cars were destroyed in the crash, and a third rail in the station collapsed on impact, cutting off power to all four tracks in the station. Other rails were also badly damaged.
The power outage affected other trains on the line, with an A train trapped in a tunnel under 34th Street.
All upper town A, C, D, E and F trains were diverted, causing major delays in Manhattan.
Emergency services had to rescue people trapped in a tunnel under 34th Street
Several subway lines running through Manhattan were thrown into chaos by the crash