2 Arrested After Smoking-Related Violence on LIRR

MTA police said one passenger spit at conductor and another punched him.

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    No smoking on the LIRR.

    Police say two Long Island Rail Road passengers were arrested after a smoking-related incident turned violent.      

    The conductor was trying to enforce the railroad's no-smoking policy during the incident Sunday, according to Newsday.      

    MTA police say Justin Merk lit a cigarette and broke the glass to the emergency door release to get off the train.      

    When the conductor responded, they allege, Merk spit at him and Lisa Moore punched him in the face.      

    The conductor was treated at a hospital.      

    The incident happened on a train from Penn Station to Babylon.

    The trouble erupted at the Freeport station.      

    Merk was charged with criminal tampering and disorderly conduct. Moore was charged with second-degree assault.      

    Information on their attorneys was not immediately available.