Blog by Kelly Smith and Nicole Norfleet
Metro Transit Police are still investigating a fight on the light rail that happened after last weekend’s popular Zombie Pub Crawl.
A woman participating in the Zombie Pub Crawl reported to police early last Sunday that she was struck during a fight on board the packed southbound Hiawatha Line. Earlier this week, a YouTube video, seen above, was posted from a passenger’s cell phone of a fight that night.
Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland said Saturday that investigators are still trying to determine if the brawl captured on the video is the same one that injured the woman, causing a swollen lip. No charges have been filed yet.
The Zombie Pub Crawl, in its eighth year, is estimated to have drawn some 30,000 zombies throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. As a result, Siqveland said Metro Transit had an additional 15 officers staffed to buses and trains that night.
The woman reported the incident to police at 3 a.m. Oct. 14, saying that she was struck in the face after a verbal dispute with another woman and man on the busy train. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Transit Police at 612-349-7222.
In other light rail safety news, professional wrestler Shawn Daivari told the news media this month about how he subdued an unruly passenger while taking the light rail to the airport in late September.
According to TMZ, the Minneapolis native said the allegedly drunk man was shouting racial slurs and threatened to kill a passenger. After people had pushed the emergency button for police, Daivari said he had enough so he put the man in a rear naked choke hold. Daivari and another passenger threw the man off the train at the next stop. Here's some incredible video footage of the incident.