City Limits: Ban of Repeat Offenders from Subway ‘Hugely Problematic,’ Advocates Say

Photo: Jeffrey Zeldman | Proponents of a ban argue that the subway is a unique space, where potential victims have little means to escape.

By Jeanmarie Evelly
July 8, 2019

At an MTA board meeting in June, NYPD Chief of Transit Edward Delatorre recited the rap sheets of “Mr. G” and “Mr. F,” two men he says have been arrested repeatedly in the transit system. Mr. F has racked up 65 prior arrests over the years, stands 6-foot-3 and uses a razor to cut people’s pockets to steal from them on the train, according to Delatorre. Mr. G, he says, is a sex offender who’s likewise been arrested several times for attempted subway robberies, including an incident in March where he also sexually offended a 30-year-old woman.