MERIDEN — A Bridgeport man faces charges after allegedly threatening an Amtrak conductor with a gun during a dispute over ticket fares.
Charles Young, 34, of 144 Harral Ave., was charged by warrant on Thursday with first-degree threatening.
On Sept. 8 an Amtrak police officer was notified about an incident on a train heading from Hartford to New Haven, according to the arrest warrant. The officer was told that a passenger, later identified as Young, became irate during a dispute over ticket fares and was asked to leave by the train crew at the Meriden station.
A conductor told the officer Young paid for a senior ticket which is $4 cheaper than a standard ticket, the warrant said. When told he would have to pay the rest of the fare, Young said he didn’t have the money.
Young reportedly lifted his shirt and showed a silver pistol in his waistband to the conductor when told he would have to get off the train, the warrant said.
On Sept. 18, New Haven police took Young into custody after he got off a train. When questioned, Young admitted getting into a dispute with the conductor about the fares, but denied having a gun at the time, and said he did not own or have access to firearms.
Young was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. According to statements in court, Young has previous convictions for reckless endangerment and criminal weapon possession. The prosecutor said Young has 16 previous convictions.
Bond was set at $25,000 and he is due back in court on Feb. 25.
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