NEW YORK, NEW YORK – A New York City woman says she was attacked by a subway station attendant for taking too long to find cash.
She spoke exclusively to CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman on Thursday.
Janet Ojeda admitted she exchanged words with the woman in the token booth, but when the clerk allegedly came out and picked her up by the neck, choking her, well, even a few hours later, Ojeda got emotional talking about it.
“Cause she was choking me, like … I couldn’t get no air. She was looking at me like she wasn’t gonna let go. I felt like I was [going to pass out] ’cause I couldn’t even move my legs. She lifted me up from the ground by the neck,” Ojeda said.
“It was scary.”
Ojeda showed Guzman the bruises she claims were the result of the alleged assault. Police and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the station agent inside the booth at the 138th Street station in the Bronx as Phylathia Monroe, 45. The MTA said she has nearly 20 years on the job.
The confrontation began at around 5:30 a.m. Ojeda was going to work and was, she said, 10 cents short on a MetroCard when Monroe called for the next customer through. Ojeda said she found the dime, but that’s when the argument began. She claimed Monroe got out of the booth, put her finger in her face and punched her.
“I told her to let me go, and I was like … you’re gonna get arrested right now,” Ojeda said.
Ojeda said she eventually got free and then went from the station to a local NYPD precinct and filed a report.
Four officers went into the station and arrested Monroe on a misdemeanor assault charge. Ojeda hired attorney Justin Blitz.
The MTA suspended Monroe pending an investigation. If convicted on the assault charge, Monroe could face a year behind bars.