NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two New York men’s dance performance on a Newark-bound PATH train has led to criminal charges.

The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Wednesday when the suspects began playing music and dancing in an apparent attempt to solicit money, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police said.

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They became aggressive, and a 21-year-old male passenger reported being kicked in the chest, police said. A 27-year-old female passenger reported being harassed, and the dancers allegedly squirted the conductor in the face with liquid from a water bottle.

Nineteen-year-old Kaheem Francis and 18-year-old Tiquan Arnon, both of New York City, were arrested at the Harrison Station. They face charges including assault, disorderly conduct and interference with public transportation.

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Police in New York this year launched a crackdown on subway performers, saying they create a safety risk for passengers by flipping, somersaulting and pole-dancing in crowded cars.

More than 240 people had been arrested on misdemeanors related to acrobatics between January and July, compared with fewer than 40 at the same time a year ago.

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