2 Arrested After Smoking-Related Violence On Babylon-Bound LIRR Train

 BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police say two Long Island Rail Road passengers were arrested after a smoking-related incident turned violent.

The trouble erupted Sunday at the Freeport station on a train from Penn Station to Babylon when the conductor reportedly tried to enforce the railroad’s no-smoking policy.

MTA police say Justin Merk lit a cigarette and broke the glass to the emergency door release to get off the train.

When the conductor responded police said Merk spit at him and another passenger, Lisa Moore, punched him in the face.

The conductor was treated at a hospital.

Merk was charged with criminal tampering and disorderly conduct. Moore was charged with second-degree assault.

Last month, a smoking ban went into effect at LIRR and Metro-North Railroad outdoor platforms, ticketing, and boarding areas.

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  • Jonas Maximus

    Knee grow animals don’t like to obey our laws.
    Just like Obama they hate our country with passion.
    Time to impose full segregation on then knee grows.

  • jerseyjoey

    I smoked for 35 years before i Quit, i supported many welfare families, military operations and my blood sucking Gov in this state and in that sespool called washington DC with the taxes i paid out in ciggerettes. The whole attack the smoking folks thing is retarded tho the indoor bans i do support. The whinning liberals whom cry for more doppy laws should keep this fact in mind, if you delete the revenues created by ciggerettes and the people whom consume them , then the tax burden will fall upon you liberals to pay for and yes it will come out of your tight wallets. HaHa hope you go belly up you liberal whinners.

  • JMS

    as a smoker i’m completely on board w/the indoor smoking bans. you shouldn’t have to inhale 2nd hand smoke b/c of someone else’s habit. that said, the outdoor smoking bans are getting ridiculous. if i want to walk to the end of an outdoor platform and have a smoke b4 i get on a train where i won’t be able to smoke for up to a couple of hours i should be able to. in an outdoor setting there’s plenty of space for smokers and non smokers to co-exist w/o bothering each other.

  • Madoff Corzine

    Attacking an MTA employee is enforceable by conviction and up to 7 years prinson sentence.

  • Jimmy

    I saw one smoking right next to the portable bar on the platform at HP.

  • frequent rider

    i was on the platform Saturday and Sunday. On both days I witnessed several people smoking on the platforms. I don’t think that most people are aware of the non-smoking law that has gone into effect. Even tough the signs are posted I think there should be announcements made so everyone is made aware while waiting for their train.

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