New York City NY May 18 2017 A 54-year-old MTA employee ended up behind bars Tuesday after refusing to open a security gate for cops chasing a shoplifting suspect — then got physical with a cop questioning him, officials said.
Police officers and security guards at a Midtown CVS chased the shoplifter into the 57th St. train station near Eighth Ave. at about 8:30 p.m., officials said.
The thief jumped the turnstile and kept on going, officials said.
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As a NYPD lieutenant ran down into the station, he waved at token booth clerk Darryl Goodwin to open the gate, but Goodwin didn’t acknowledge him, police sources said.
The lieutenant asked again — but Goodwin ignored him, according to court papers.
Finally, after the lieutenant rapped his shield against the booth’s plexiglass, Goodwin “stared at the lieutenant for several seconds, grimaced and slowly moved his hand to push the button to open the gate” as the cop stood in front of him, court papers reveal.
By the time the gate was opened, the shoplifter was long gone, officials said. No arrests have been made.
The outraged lieutenant demanded Goodwin show him his MTA shield, but the clerk refused and tried to exit the booth.
When cops stopped him, Goodwin pulled out his badge and shoved it in the lieutenant’s face. After the cop grabbed it, Goodwin ripped the badge back from the lieutenant’s hand, injuring the officer’s thumb.
Cops charged Goodwin with obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
Goodwin was released without bail after a brief arraignment on Wednesday.