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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Metro-North Employee Held After Reported Train Assault

UPDATE A 34-year-old man training to be a Metro-North engineer was arrested in Fairfield today, suspected of a sex-type assault involving a female passenger aboard a train, officials said.

Manny Ramos of Brooklyn, N.Y. was hired as a car cleaner in 2011 and has been in the engineer training program since March of 2013, MTA spokesmen said.

A woman on a train from Grand Central to New Haven told the train crew that she was sexually assaulted. Police said she complained she woke up to find that the man next to her was inappropriately touching himself.

The woman had been asleep and awoke to Ramos doing something inappropriate, Fairfield Police Chief Gary McNamara said.

The train was stopped at the Fairfield Station at 9:09 a.m. and was released at 9:46 a.m., according to the railroad.Fairfield police and MTA police met the train and located the alleged victim. Other officers canvassed the area for the suspect.

Fairfield Police Sgt. Christopher Ioli located Ramos, who fit the description of the suspect, on the Unquowa Road bridge. Witnesses who were in the train car at the time of the incident confirmed that Ramos was the perpetrator, McNamara said.

Ramos was turned over to MTA police. He was charged with public indecency and breach of peace before being released after posting $1,000 bond.

Ramos was immediately suspended without pay, pending the outcome of disciplinary and criminal proceedings, the MTA said.

“Everyone at Metro-North is outraged by the disgusting actions that this employee is alleged to have committed, and we are glad our train crew and the MTA Police Department acted quickly to apprehend him,” said Metro-North President Howard Permut.

“We hold our employees to a high standard, and his alleged conduct is completely unacceptable. We will assist Connecticut prosecutors in any way possible as they pursue their criminal case.”

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