Rail Security Breaches at WTC, 2nd Avenue Subway Tunnel: Report

Monday, May 9, 2011  |  Updated 8:50 AM EDT
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Officials Probe 2 Rail Security Breaches

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Investigators are looking into how a man managed to walk the entire length of a PATH tunnel from the World Trade Center in one of two rail security breaches that occurred within hours of each other Sunday, the New York Post reports.

According to the Post, a 20-year-old Bayonne, N.J. man hopped down onto the tracks in a Manhattan PATH tunnel at the World Trade Center, then walked the two miles to Jersey City.

A Port Authority contractor saw the man, identified as Reymundo Rodriguez, getting out of the tunnel at about 3 a.m. and called police.

Rodriguez told officers, "I just put a bomb down on the tracks."

The tunnel was shut down as investigators searched for a device.

The contractor who saw Rodriguez told police, "I asked him what he was doing in the tracks, and he said, 'The train never came... so I decided to walk.'"

Rodriguez also allegedly told him he saw President Obama on television, "and he told me it was safe to walk through the tunnel."

Rodriguez was charged with criminal trespass, the Post reports. He was evaluated at a hospital and released.

The other security breach occurred at the under-construction Second Avenue subway tunnel, where four self-described "urban explorers" were caught at about 4:30 a.m. carrying Roman candles and cameras.

They told police they were planning to use the fireworks for light for photos.

Four men were arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

The incidents occurred just days after federal officials said they had uncovered information from the bin Laden compound showing al-Qaida had considered an attack on trains this September, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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