A Metra conductor was attacked by a passenger on the Hyde Park station platform on the Metra Electric train No. 403. At approximately 5:05 p.m. on April 7, 2011, the train made its scheduled stop enroute to 93rd Street in South Chicago. Police were dispatched to the train station after multiple calls from cell phones regarding a passenger attacking a Metra conductor. The Metra conductor, who suffered a leg injury in the attack, was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center for treatment.
Prior to the attack, the conductor had several times asked passenger, Ken Pollard (who was later charged with one count of misdemeanor battery) to quite down his cell phone conversations.
In May 2011, Metra will begin voluntarily posting notices advising passengers that assaulting or harming an employee or passenger can bring a Class A misdemeanor or Class 3 felony charge. And if convicted, the offender could be sentenced to prison time and/or be fined up to $25,000.