New photos show vandals who trashed subway station, NYPD says

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- NYPD investigators have released pictures of two men they say vandalized a subway station during a citywide protest last week.

Police arrested more than a dozen protesters at Grand Central Terminal who participated in the demonstration Friday.

Investigators say the two men in the new surveillance pictures were part of a criminal effort to vandalize the MTA subway system during that protest.

Vandals poured glue in MetroCard readers and propped open an emergency gate at the 96th Street B/C station so people could ride for free, and they spray painted OMNY payment systems leaving it to MTA workers to clean up.

They also set a trash can on fire and broke windows outside the station at 96th Street.

Police say the suspects seen in the photos were part of a larger group of protesters who were demanding free subway rides and fewer police in subway stations.

Those demonstrators led a large march through Grand Central at rush hour, trying to disrupt the commute.

Not all the demonstrations were destructive, but at least a few people turned to vandalism.

"I think that was amateur hour," Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said. "I think that gives good, hard-working protesters a bad name. That was ridiculous."

Police say they are still working to identify and arrest other vandals.

"This was not a protest," Shea said. "This was criminal activity by misguided people, by a bunch of knuckleheads quite frankly. I mean, lighting garbage can fires in the transit system. What could possibly go wrong with that?"

Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by messaging on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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