A Chicago man was arrested after he allegedly refused to show his ticket to a conductor and then punched the conductor in the face at the Deerfield Metra Station.
Perry O. Johnson, 28, of Chicago, was charged with aggravated battery to a transit employee and theft of labor or services.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Francis DeRosa said a train conductor employee by Metra was on duty on January 9.
Officers were called and met with the conductor, who reported that Johnson got into an unoccupied train car that he was not supposed to be in.
The conductor asked for Johnson’s ticket and Johnson said he would get off the train, DeRosa said.
DeRosa said that Johnson stood in front of the exit door and the conductor told the man to move out of the way.
Johnson reportedly told the conductor to “say please” but the conductor did not.
The conductor attempted to open the doors and brushed up against Johnson.
Johnson punched the conductor in the face on the platform of the Metra train station in Deerfield, DeRosa said.
Officers observed redness on the side of the victim’s cheek.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Johnson held on a $35,000 bond.
Johnson was released from the Lake County Jail after posting $3,500 cash, jail records show.
A status of preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 7.