FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — It was a bizarre, and perverted attack Tuesday morning on Metro North. Police say a train employee committed lewd acts on a sleeping passenger.
As that eastbound train and then a westbound train were stopped for over 45 minutes, an alleged sexual assault was likely the last thing passengers thought was the reason.
As word got out, regular riders expressed disgust and also concern for the victim.
On a busy 7:35 train from Grand Central headed to New Haven, a sudden stop in Fairfield, police alerted by MTA.
“They called us and said something happened on an eastbound train and it’s about to roll into Fairfield station. Could you send officers. Some sort of sexual assault or contact occurred,” said Chief Gary McNamara, Fairfield.
It turns out that inappropriate contact was allegedly initiated by MTA employee, 34-year-old Manny Ramos. Police say the victim was sleeping.
“She woke up at some point, called for someone and notified MTA,” said McNamara.
Fairfield police say as soon as the train stopped in Fairfield, they searched for the suspect, located the victim, and talked to witnesses.
In the meantime, other passengers got on the westbound train, so police made sure that train was stopped in Southport, in case the suspect was on it.
They ended up tracking Ramos down at the Unquowa Bridge right outside of the Fairfield station. He’s been charged with public indecency and breach of peace.
Regular passengers really didn’t know how to react.
“I guess I wouldn’t expect it to happen right around here, but at the same time not surprised ’cause terrible things keep happening everywhere,” said Miranda Forte.
But based on the time of day and a train packed with people, Miranda Forte says you can never be too safe. Her eyes will be wide open.
“It wouldn’t stop me from taking it because if you’ve gotta go in, you gotta go in,” said Forte.
News 8 was told Ramos is out of jail, on his way back to Brooklyn.