Subway Rider With Risky Strategy Gets Arrested

NYC man was filmed riding on the outside, and it's allegedly not the first time
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2018 4:03 AM CDT
Updated Jul 12, 2018 7:03 AM CDT
It's always better to ride on the inside.   (Getty/Jason M. Hazard)

(Newser) – His name is Isaiah Thompson, but based on all the headlines coming out of New York City, he may as well go by "subway surfer" from here on out. Police arrested the 22-year-old and accused him of (calmly) riding on the outside of a subway car, a stunt that was captured in an Instragram video by a rider inside the car, reports Gothamist. Even more remarkable: This is at least the fourth time that Thompson has been arrested for the same offense, reports the New York Post.

“I just wanted to take the video because I thought it was awesome and also scary as hell," Matthew Beary, the man who filmed last week's risky ride, tells the Post. The city's transit chief has a different view: "This young man is lucky he ended up in police custody and not in a hospital or worse," says Andy Byford. (The Washington Post rounds up two deaths and one serious injury since 2016 alone for other subway surfers.) Thompson faces charges of reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and creating a hazardous condition.

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