Keyshawn Brown is being called “Train Boy” after a potentially deadly prank that authorities claim he pulled on the New York City subway system.
Brown, 16, allegedly laid a metal sign down over the tracks in the path of the southbound C train last Thursday, April 2.
When the train hit the metal sign, “an electrical arc of sparks” lurched the train to an almost instantaneous stop.
Police arrested Keyshawn Brown on Tuesday, CBS New York reports, adding that he went “peacefully” with the officers.
Unfortunately, the teen’s alleged crimes don’t stop there. In addition to other instances of vandalism that he is suspected of, a criminal complaint was filed for assault, alleging that he used a metal pipe to beat “an associate” over the head.
“That’s what you get for snitching,” is what the report claims Brown said to the alleged victim.
As for the C train subway prank, officials estimate that the 16-year-old did just north of $5,000 in damages.
1010 WINS of Brooklyn reports that Brown will be charged with arson, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief.
While it isn’t clear what punishments the subway crime could result in if Keyshawn is found guilty, the assault charge may come with a year in prison. He is due in court on April 22 on that charge.
While there could be a temptation to admonish authorities for going after Brown so vigorously, it’s important to remember how quickly things like this can put someone’s life in jeopardy.
Take this teen prank the Inquisitr reported on in July 2014 in which an Ohio schoolteacher was victimized by a pair of teens who thought it would be a good idea to drop an eight-pound boulder off an overpass.
Sharon Budd, 52, of Uniontown, Ohio, was traveling with family and friends on a road trip to New York City, when she was struck in the face after a “soccer ball sized” rock came hurdling at her vehicle on a dark, Pennsylvania highway.
According to medical reports, Sharon Budd lost an eye and had to undergo surgery on her brain to reduce the pressure from swelling.
The rock’s impact made it feel as though the car “exploded,” her husband, Randy Budd told ABC News.
“My daughter, who was driving, starts screaming…she said, ‘Dad what’s going on?'”
Investigators say the rock “crashed through the windshield and struck Mrs. Budd in the head.”
“It was the most gruesome thing that you could ever imagine,” Randy Budd told The Repository newspaper.
Fortunately, Budd lived but was severely disfigured because of the “prank.”
Do you think cases like this and that of “Train Boy” Keyshawn Brown should result in harsher punishments? How do you think teens should be treated when resorting to these types of behaviors? Sound off in the comments section.