Huffpost Chicago

Man Punched Metra Train Conductor Who Complained About His Loud Cell Phone Talk: Cops

Posted: Updated:

Kenneth C. Pollard did something a lot of commuters do: carried on a loud conversation on his cell phone on a train. This one, though, on the Chicago-area Metra commuter rail, ended violently.

Police say passengers around Pollard began to complain of the noise, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Eventually, the train's conductor asked him, several times, to lower his voice.

Pollard refused, according to reports, growing angry with the conductor's interruptions. Then, when the train pulled in to the Hyde Park station and the conductor stepped onto the platform, Pollard rushed him, taking a swing at the conductor's head, the Chicago Tribune writes. The unidentified conductor was able to dodge the fist, but endured some minor injuries in the scuffle that followed.

UPI reports that two off-duty police officers on the train eventually broke up the fight, and held Pollard down until on-duty cops arrived.

The 30-year-old Chicago rider is charged with misdemeanor battery.