NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City subway conductor is accused of punching a teenage passenger in the face after the two got into an argument.

Authorities say conductor Thomas Christopher was arrested following the altercation on the southbound R train near or at the 36th Street stop in Queens. The conductor was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor assault.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the 35-year-old employee has worked with the agency since 2007.

The MTA said it did not immediately have further details on the employee’s background or the incident.

Police say it was about 3:50 a.m. Sunday when Christopher and an 18-year-old male got into an argument, which then turned physical.

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Comments (8)
  1. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  2. Tommy C says:

    Then print it

  3. JackTalkThai says:

    I’m black, and I FULLY SUPPORT THE CONDUCTOR. Hell, I fully supported Bernard Goetz years ago (and I was but a child). Many of us CIVILIZED people are embarrased by the actions of the uncivilized, as we ALL end up paying a price for it. And no, I don’t know if the idiot who got punched was black or not but let’s be honest–what are the odds?

    1. Debbie Paesano says:

      I fully agree,b/c kids today have absolutely any respect for authority or the rules of society. Regardless of the teenagers skin color, any young youth on a subway at that time of the night doesn’t have any good motives in the first place. The conductor was probably wondering what weapons he may have on him, or if he was high, & could be a danger to other passengers. We as readers don’t know at this time what their argument was about, and maybe the conductor went a little overboard, however we don’t know if the youth had made any motion to hit or pull out a weapon.

  4. Ann Mason says:

    I hope there were honest witnesses to this incident, and they cooperate with the investigation. At the moment, we don’t know what happened. Both the passenger and the conductor are entitled to have this situation addressed properly.

  5. Blackrock says:

    I wholeheartedly disbelieve that an on duty conductor went looking for some well behaved CHOIRBOY to punch about the face. I sincerely believe that the POLICE took the easy way out and arrested the victor of the dispute. I hope that the good citizens ,who were on that train, come forward and support the actions of the conductor. ENOUGH IS F$$%&^* ENOUGH.

  6. gotacomment says:

    Other sources say the conductor chided the 18-year-old MAN for stretching across three seats and having his feet on a seat in a subway car crowded with standees. The thuglet resented it, an altercation followed and the end result was the thug got his face punched. IMHO, the conductor is a hero. I’ve been confronted with this situation many times. Punks like this sneer at you for having the temerity to think that for once in their ghetto-bred lives they could try to act like civilized human beings. The conductor deserves a medal for trying to bring a little civilization to the cesspool that is this city. Too bad he didn’t flatten the punk.

  7. Raymond Leslie says:

    This is classic bloombergism.

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