Police: PATH train conductor arrested in Jersey City for assaulting passenger

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A PATH train conductor was arrested at the Grove Street PATH station in Jersey City early this morning for allegedly assaulting a passenger, who required stitches after the altercation, police said.

Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.
Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Brian Fortney, 51, of Piscataway, was charged with aggravated assault shortly after 4:13 a.m. this morning for an incident that left a 27-year-old Jersey City man in need of five stitches above his right eye, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo,

Around 4 a.m., Port Authority police received a report of a disorderly passenger from the conductor of a World Trade Center-Newark train as it approached Exchange Place in Jersey City, officials said.

When the train pulled into the Grove Street PATH station at about 4:13 a.m., Port Authority police met the train and interviewed the subjects and witnesses, authorities said.

Pentangelo added that police determined that a verbal dispute between the conductor and the passenger quickly turned physical. The victim was taken to Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health to be treated for his injury.

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