The man suspected of derailing a Manhattan subway train was held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Monday night.
Judge Paul Mcdonnell set the bail on Demetrius Harvard, 30, who is accused of tossing metal construction debris onto the tracks at West 14th Street and Eighth Avenue as an uptown A-train pulled into the station Sunday morning.
The train derailed, injuring three passengers and “causing multiple areas of damage,” according to a criminal complaint against Harvard charging him with assault, criminal tampering, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and unlawful interference with a railroad train.
Harvard, who was released without bail on a prior case from early September, was “smiling” as the A-train derailed, according to his criminal complaint.
The complaint also noted that the damage caused by the derailment would “cost significantly more than $1,500 to remedy,” according to an estimate from MTA Chief Track Officer Terry Rumph.
The track’s third rail, station support columns and the A-train front car were all banged up, the court document says.
In an earlier case, Harvard was hauled before a Manhattan Criminal Court judge on Sept. 5 and arraigned on one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief for allegedly striking an MTA bus with a metal street barricade, shattering two windows, court records show.
Manhattan prosecutors didn’t ask for bail, and Harvard was granted supervised release — even though he had an open bench warrant for failing to show up to court on a March 1, 2019, case for threatening two Boost store staffers.
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