Subway Pervert Arrested

Well that was fast…. Early yesterday afternoon I blogged about the disgusting subway pervert who looked up the skirt of a woman he eventually threw down the stairs & assaulted.

Fast forward a few hours later & the disgusting pervert identified as 61 year old James Barnes of Brooklyn has been arrested. Ashley Edwards of Pix11 has more:

Police arrested a man they said sexually assaulted a woman, threw her down a flight of stairs, then brutally attacked her at a Brooklyn subway station.

Brooklyn man James Barnes, 61, has been arrested and charged with assault and sexual abuse.

Cops say the woman was walking up the stairs leaving the Dekalb Avenue ‘D’ and ‘M’ train station at 10 p.m. August 8 when the man put his head up her skirt.

When the victim tried to push the suspect away, he threw her down the stairs and began punching and kicking her before fleeing the scene.

The woman suffered bruises and wasn’t hospitalized.

Thankfully this worthless piece of trash is off the streets.

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Metro North To Upgrade Harlem River Bridge

Harlem River Bridge
Harlem River Bridge; photo courtesy of the MTA.

Just a short time ago, the MTA Metro-North Railroad announced it will be upgrading the Harlem River Bridge. Here are the details:

Starting September 15, the Harlem River Lift Bridge will not open for boats for six months while workers replace 60-year-old cables that lift the bridge and install all new electrical components designed to increase their resiliency to potential storm surge flooding.

The railroad bridge, located about 4 ½ miles north of Grand Central Terminal, connects the island of Manhattan to the Bronx mainland.

“This vital bridge is used by more than 280,000 Metro-North customers on 700 trains each weekday,” said Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti. “This project will improve the reliability, efficiency, and safety of the bridge and allow us to meet our obligation to keep the bridge’s moving parts moving.”

Although there are only 6 to 10 openings per year as commercial shipping on the Harlem River has steadily declined, Metro-North is obligated by Coast Guard regulations to keep the bridge operational. It is the railroad’s only moveable bridge in New York State. (The State of Connecticut owns five movable bridges on the New Haven Line.)

In addition to replacement of all the original cables that lift the two, 340-foot-long, three million pound spans, the project includes a new electrical control system and wiring and a new third rail power supply system. The new Facility House electrical components, damaged during Superstorm Sandy, will be installed to increase their resiliency to potential storm surge flooding, thanks to a $5 million federal Sandy Emergency Relief grant.

Outdated electro-mechanical controls will be replaced and computerized with the installation of a dual-redundant, programmable logic control system. The elevators from the track level up to the operator’s rooms at the counterweight level also will be rehabilitated. New multi-conductor, copper and fiber optic cables will be pulled through a micro-tunnel under the Harlem River that was bored under a prior Capital Program.

The entire $47 million project is being paid for by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 2010-2014 Capital Program with help from federal grants of $24 million (including the $5 million Sandy grant).

The two-year project has been scheduled to take full advantage of the six-month Coast Guard outage and minimize impacts to Metro-North customers.

Most boats, including the Circle Line tours, can navigate underneath the unopened bridge, which provides vertical clearance of 25 feet at high tide. When opened, the bridge provides 135-foot clearance.

The bridge was built in the 1950’s by the New York Central Railroad and completed in 1954 to replace an earlier swing-style span. The bridge has parallel lift spans, each with two tracks. The spans operate independently. At either end of the bridge are steel towers that contain the machinery to hoist the spans.

In all, 128 main cables, each 2⅜ inches in diameter and 185 feet long, connect the ends of the bridge spans to their balancing counterweights high above in the lift towers. Spools of replacement cables, each weighing more than a ton, will be brought to the bridge on barges, lifted to the platform by crane, and hoisted into place by electric winch.

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Cops Looking For Subway Pervert


A picture of the man cops say put his head up the skirt & eventually assaulted a woman at the DeKalb Ave train station.

Cops are on the lookout for a subway pervert who put his head up the skirt of a woman who was walking up the stairs to exit the DeKalb Ave station. When she tried to push him away, he grabbed her & threw her down the stairs before punching & kicking her.

Ashley Edwards of Pix11 has more:

Police are looking for a man they said sexually assaulted a woman, threw her down a flight of stairs, then brutally attacked her at a Brooklyn subway station.

Cops say the woman was walking up the stairs leaving the Dekalb Avenue ‘D’ and ‘M’ train station at 10 p.m. August 8 when the man put his head up her skirt. When the victim tried to push the suspect away, he threw her down the stairs and began punching and kicking her before fleeing the scene.

The woman suffered bruises.

The suspect is described as approximately 60-years-old, 5’8″, and weighing about 160 lbs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted at http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting to 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.

I hope this piece of trash is caught soon as he has zero business being out on the streets.

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Woman Killed By MTA Bus In Queens

Late Wednesday night, a 55 year old woman was struck & killed by a Q47 bus at the intersection of Astoria Blvd & 80th St. Alison Fox of AMNY has more:

A 55-year-old woman was hit and killed by an MTA bus in Queens late Wednesday night, police said.

The woman, Melania Ward, was crossing the intersection of Astoria Boulevard and 80th Street about 10 p.m. when she was struck, police said. She was a few blocks from her home in the Ditmars-Steinway area.

The bus, the Q47, was rounding the corner and turning right onto 80th Street when the two collided, police said.

Click here for the complete story.

My condolences to the friends & family of the victim.

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Subway Booth Clerk Rubbing The Wrong Way

I guess someone was feeling frisky late on Tuesday as Harold Sisselman, a 51 year old subway booth clerk was caught rubbing his penis out in the open by 2 passengers. Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more:

A subway token booth clerk was charged with public lewdness for allegedly polishing something more personal than turnstiles in a Queens station, police said Wednesday.

Two riders who approached the booth at the 61st St. station in Woodside late Tuesday observed clerk Harold Sisselman, 51, handling his privates, a police spokeswoman said.

The riders, a 19-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, called the police. Officers charged Sisselman with public lewdness and released him with a desk appearance ticket ordering him to appear in court at later date, the spokeswoman said.

Click here for the complete story.

To be honest, I am torn about this story. On one hand, I do not feel playing with your penis out in the open is a wise idea. However on the flip side, was it really necessary to call the cops & potentially lead to this guy no longer having a job? Truthfully if he was doing what we think he was, tell me of an adult of either sex that does not do that in general? The answer is no one…..

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