• MARTA police arrest suspect in shoving incident


    ATLANTA - MARTA police have arrested a man accused in a shoving incident on a MARTA train.

    Loren Hooks, 43, of Atlanta was arrested Thursday on a simple battery charge in connection with the June 7 incident. Police said Hooks forcibly removed a 68-year-old man from a train stopped at the East Lake rail station.

    Hooks was taken to the DeKalb County Jail, MARTA police said.

    MARTA released a statement saying they appreciate the tips and other assistance they received from witnesses who provided information about the incident, which was captured on cell phone video.

    “To help ensure that MARTA remains a safe transit system, we remind customers to immediately alert police or other personnel whenever they experience unusual, suspicious or illegal activity on trains, buses or in rail stations,” the statement said.

    Customers can always dial (404) 848-4911 to report an emergency or, when using the rail system, simply pick up the marked, customer assistance phones on the platform, the statement said. Intercom units are located inside every rail car and can be used to notify the train operator. All customers with smartphones should also download MARTA’s free “See & Say” app that enables them to contact MARTA Police and snap a picture discreetly, according to MARTA’s statement. 

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