A man barricaded himself inside the conductor’s cab of a Manhattan train Wednesday morning — shutting down service on the line for over an hour, police and officials said.
The standoff aboard the J train at the Broad Street station kicked off three incidents in the span of about four hours that delayed subway service in two boroughs, officials said.
It began just after 9 a.m., when the man, who was described by officials as mentally ill, locked himself in the operator’s booth while wielding a wooden paddle, according to police.
After he refused to leave, MTA workers called the police and shut down power to the tracks as they responded.
J trains were suspended between the Broad Street and Chambers Street stations during the response, according to a post from the subway’s Twitter account.