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June 17, 2019

Cops hunt for NYC subway saboteur who throws fire extinguisher, Christmas lights on the tracks, affecting train commutes

June 12, 2019
Four incidents in which everyday household items were put on subway tracks in the path of city trains in the hopes they get crushed or explode has allegedly been linked to this subway saboteur in Brooklyn. (NYPD)

And you thought pulling the emergency brake was bad.

Four incidents in which everyday household items were put on the tracks in the path of city trains in the hopes they get crushed or explode has been linked to a subway saboteur and Brooklyn commuters should be on the lookout for this unhinged man’s antics, officials said Wednesday.

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The suspect, who is described as Asian and between 20 and 30, has put everything from a shovel to Christmas lights to a fire extinguisher on the tracks so he could watch what happens when trains run over them, police said.

NYC Transit President Andy Byford blasted the straphanger’s antics, calling them a “deadly serious matter.”

“Anyone who deliberately and recklessly sabotages the city’s main mode of public transportation like this is a menace to New Yorkers and should be caught and prosecuted on the strictest possible terms,” Byford said.

The bizarre late night experiments began on May 9 when the suspect placed debris on the tracks of a D train at the Atlantic Ave.-Barclay Center Station, “creating a hazardous condition,” cops said.

He upped his game on June 5, putting a fire extinguisher, a bank of lights, a bag of concrete mix, and a metal shim on the tracks at the Union St. subway station in Park Slope before a southbound R train ran over them.

The fire extinguisher exploded when the train ran over it about 2 a.m., shooting fire retardant chemicals across the station, officials said.

Later that morning, the prankster appeared at the 45th St. R train station where he placed a shovel on the tracks.

He returned to his antics on Sunday when he put a set of Christmas lights on the tracks at the 9th St. R train station at 2:30 a.m. to watch them pop when a train rolled through.

None of the trains were damaged and nobody was hurt.

The incidents come as the MTA has begun cracking down on mischief makers who have been known to pull emergency brakes on trains, ruining commutes for thousands of riders.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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