FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A Metro-North employee was charged in the Tuesday morning sexual assault that stopped a New Haven-bound train at the Fairfield station for more than 45 minutes, police said.
Fairfield and Metropolitan Transportation Authority police worked together Tuesday morning to find Manny Ramos, 34, of Brooklyn, N.Y., after a passenger said she had been the victim of a sexual assault by him, a Metro-North spokesman said.
Ramos was hired as a coach cleaner in October 2011 and was being trained to become a train engineer, Metro-North said. He was suspended without pay, and further disciplinary actions will be taken, the spokesman said. The exact charges from Metro-North police are still pending, the spokesman said.
The female victim reported the assault to the train crew, who stopped the train at the Fairfield station, the spokesman said. Fairfield and Metro-North police were called to assist in the search for the suspect, who had fled the train, the spokesman said. Fairfield police officers located and detained Ramos before turning him over to Metro-North police, the spokesman said.
The victim was able to identify Ramos as the man who assaulted her, police said. A spokesman from Metro-North was unable to confirm but reports said Ramos had stood in front of her and masturbated while she was waking up on the train.