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Passengers restrain man who allegedly attacked pregnant train conductor

A Howard-bound Red Line train is temporarily rerouted to elevated tracks at Randolph station on Nov. 10, 2007, in Chicago.
A Howard-bound Red Line train is temporarily rerouted to elevated tracks at Randolph station on Nov. 10, 2007, in Chicago. Wikimedia Commons

Train passengers in Chicago reportedly restrained a 19-year-old man who allegedly attacked a train conductor, who was six months pregnant, by trying to tear off her clothes.

Saman Khaliq Griffiths was charged Sunday with one felony count of aggravated battery to a transit employee, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Prosecutors said the woman was driving a Red Line train and had stopped at Sheridan Station at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

She saw a man walking toward the train, and he reached into the conductor's window to grab her shirt. He climbed through the window, pulled at her shirt and then pulled down her pants, prosecutors say. She broke free and ran to a group of people in the passenger compartment.

Those passengers held the man until police arrived. Prosecutors say the man was drunk and had cuts and bruises on his face. The conductor had bruises on her face and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND

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