BRIDGEPORT — A man accused of masturbating in front of a sleeping woman on a Metro-North train pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to two misdemeanor charges.
Manny Ramos, 34, was charged with breach of peace and public indecency after a train passenger reported that he sexually assaulted her on a morning train from Grand Central Terminal to New Haven.
Ramos was training to be a Metro-North engineer, according to railroad spokesperson Marjorie Anders. He was suspended without pay immediately following his arrest, but at the request of the workers' union any further disciplinary action by the railroad has been postponed until the case is resolved, Anders said.
According to a report by Metropolitan Transit Authority police, the victim said she opened her eyes to find Ramos exposed in front of her. She yelled for him to stay away and went to find a conductor to report the incident but there was none in the immediate area.
Ramos moved to another train car and the victim followed him, according to the report. She yelled for him to stop and asked other passengers to hold him as the train approached the Fairfield station. When Ramos exited the train at the station, the victim followed him and grabbed hold of his backpack to keep him on the platform, the report states.
Ramos broke free and fled down the platform but was apprehended by Fairfield police a short time later.
The victim is approximately four months pregnant, according to MTA police.
In a statement given to MTA police after his arrest, Ramos said he had "no intention to harm or disturb anyone," the report states. He said he was stressed and was trying to relieve himself.
Ramos has no previous criminal history in Connecticut, according to police.
His next court appearance is scheduled for March 11.