Worcester Man Allegedly Caught Riding On Top of Moving Train While Wearing a Sombrero
It seems as though someone was celebrating Cinco de Mayo a few days in advance.
According to Transit Police officers, over the weekend a Worcester man was apprehended after he was allegedly caught riding on top of a moving Commuter Rail train bound for his hometown, while wearing a sombrero and a poncho.
Officers said they responded to the Southborough Commuter Rail station on Saturday, May 3, at 9:45 p.m., where officials from the Southborough and Ashland Police Departments had detained the suspect in question. Officers said in a report that the sombrero-wearing individual appeared intoxicated upon arrival.
“The man wore a sombrero and poncho and said he wasn’t going to lie. The man admitted to drinking a large quantity of alcoholic beverages during a pub crawl in Boston,” police said.
While honest about his drinking, telling police that he had been indulging in alcoholic beverages since 3 p.m. that day, the 28-year-old Worcester man denied ever riding on top of the train car, and said he was merely searching for a group of friends he got separated from.
Police, however, said they noticed the man’s hands were “blackened, which were consistent to being in contact with the outside of the train.” The man in question was released to a friend, and not arrested. But officers told him he could be summonsed to court.
In a subsequent investigation the following day, officers spoke to the train engineer who was operating the Commuter Rail train at the time the alleged incident occurred.
The operator told police that he was radioed by Commuter Rail officials to stop the vehicle because “a person was train surfing on his train.” According to the police report, the engineer stated the train was traveling approximately 40 mph prior to stopping between Ashland and Southborough stations. “The engineer said he made his way to the top of the engine and saw the man standing on the ladder of the head car,” according to police. “The engineer stated that the man’s body was half over the top rung of the ladder, ‘like a child clinging over a shopping cart.’”
The suspect’s actions caused a 24-minute delay. According to police, after speaking with the engineer, the man was issued a court summons for trespassing.