Wally from Columbia

Wally from Columbia

The New Jersey Transit Police Department arrested a man who assaulted a train conductor Sunday after being asked for a train ticket.

Peer Fikhman, 22, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a conductor and theft of services for non-payment of fare.

At approximately 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, Fikhman boarded a train at the Radburn Station. He hid in a restroom to avoid a conductor collecting tickets from customers. Fikhman exited the restroom after 25 minutes and punched the conductor in the face when asked for his ticket.

New Jersey Transit Police were called and met the train at Secaucus Junction, where Fikhman was arrested and charged. The conductor had a visible mark on his face but refused medical attention.

Aggravated assault on a train conductor, who is clearly identifiable and engaged in the course of his duties, carries up to five years in prison and fines up to $7,500. Theft of service carries a jail term of up to one year. Fikhman was taken to the Hudson County Jail, where bail was set at $5,000 with a 10% option.