Calif. Man Charged with Assaulting Amtrak Conductor

A California man was arrested late last week after allegedly assaulting a conductor on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief.

The arrest occurred Thursday in La Plata, Missouri.

Sepanta Rad, 28, was charged with assault, assaulting a police officer and felony resisting arrest.

News reports indicate that Rad was asked to leave the train during the La Plata station stop but then tried to force his way back aboard.

The assault on the conductor reportedly occurred at that point. The suspect was also accused of throwing rocks at the train when a police officer arrived.

The officer was unable to subdue the suspect, who continued to throw rocks. He was finally apprehended after additional police officers arrived at the station.

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