FAIRFIELD, Conn. - An engineer trainee was charged with public indecency after a passenger said he was masturbating in front of her in an incident that stopped the train and caused a police manhunt Tuesday in Fairfield, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police said Wednesday.
"Obviously this was an isolated incident," said Marge Anders, a spokesman for the MTA, adding that Metro-North trains are safe for commuters.
Fairfield and MTA police worked together Tuesday morning to find the suspect after a passenger said she had been the victim of a sexual assault while on the New Haven-bound train during the Tuesday rush-hour commute, a Metro-North spokesman said.
The train was stopped at the Fairfield station shortly before 9 a.m., and all the cars were searched, police said.
Officers then began searching the nearby area and found Manny Ramos, 34, who matched the victim's description on the Unquowa Road bridge over the station, police said. Ramos, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested by Fairfield police and handed over to MTA police.
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, Anders said.
The MTA police were continuing to investigate the incident, she said.