Man sentenced to jail for derailing subway train

A man who derailed a Manhattan subway train, injuring three passengers and causing hundreds of dollars in damage, was sentenced to prison on Monday.

Demetrius Harvard, 32, wore a spit cap when he was sentenced to two to seven years in Manhattan Supreme Court. He pleaded guilty to charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief in the 2020 incident last month.

Court officials put a spit hood over Harvard’s head in court Monday after he collapsed and spat at court officials during a previous hearing.

Harvard dumped metal debris onto the tracks at West 14th Street and Eighth Avenue just as an Uptown A train pulled into the station on the morning of September 20.

The train struck the debris and derailed, injuring three belt hangers and causing “multiple areas of damage,” according to a criminal complaint.

Demetrius Harvard
Harvard wears a spit hood.
Stephen Hirsch

Harvard reportedly smiled when he saw the train derail, the complaint says. Witnesses held him until police arrived.

The third rail of the track, the station’s support columns and the front carriage of the A train were all shattered, the court document said. The MTA estimated that repairs at the time “would cost well over $1,500.”

The derailment wasn’t the first time Harvard damaged MTA property. Earlier that month, he hit a city bus with a metal street barricade, shattering two windows, court records show.

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The derailed A train derailed, injuring three straphangers.
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Demetrius Harvard mother
Harvard’s mother was in the courtroom.
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Harvard damaged an MTA bus prior to the A train incident.
Dan Herrik

Manhattan prosecutors did not seek bail in the case, and Harvard was granted supervised release after he was charged with a misdemeanor. About two weeks later, he hurled debris onto the subway tracks.

Harvard’s mother sat in the courtroom during his sentencing. He was allowed to say goodbye before being taken away by the court guards.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/23/man-who-derailed-subway-train-sentenced-to-prison-time/ Man sentenced to jail for derailing subway train

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