Tuesday, November 27, 2007

East Chicago, IN - Suspicious Person with Box and Wires on His Head Stops Morning Train

A man dressed similarly to this man stopped a train while praying

Confusion over a Jewish man practicing an ancient religious tradition brought a South Shore train to a halt early Thursday.

Before the misunderstanding was resolved, Metra police and a bomb-sniffing dog were called to a Chicago train stop to investigate.

Robert Byrd, chief of transit police for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, said passengers on Train No. 108 out of East Chicago told the ticket collector they believed a man on the 6:46 a.m. train was dressed strangely and acting suspiciously.

The man was described as wearing a head piece with a box on the front of it. Passengers said the box had wires sticking out of it. Other wires led down his arm, they reported.
When the man did not respond to repeated inquiries by the South Shore ticket collector and conductor, crews called Metra police as they approached the Illinois passenger train company's tracks in Chicago.

The South Shore crew stopped the train at the 57th Street station in Chicago, where they were met by Metra police and a bomb-sniffing dog.

The man explained that he was Jewish and was in the middle of reciting his daily morning prayers when the South Shore crew tried to question him.

Read more Via NWI.com

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