A Hammond man accused of fondling a sleeping South Shore passenger was one
of five persons arrested over the weekend, NICTD Transit Police said.
According to police, on Thursday morning a female passenger en route to
Chicago awoke to find Rashad Shabazz, 51, touching her inappropriately.
Shabazz had boarded the South Shore train at East Chicago and the incident
occurred in Illinois, police said. Shabazz was taken into custody by Metra
Police and charged with simple battery, police said.
On Saturday morning, police said, David Wise, 34, of Gary, was arrested on
charges of domestic battery and battery, after he battered a woman near the
intersection of Lake Street and U.S. Highway 12 in Gary. Police said that
the woman attempted to flee Wise by boarding a South Shore train, that Wise
followed her, and that, when a conductor stopped Wise from entering the
train, Wise assaulted the conductor too. Wise was taken into custody by
Transit Police Officer Howard Morgan, while the woman was treated at a
nearby hospital for injuries sustained during the battery, police said.
On Sunday, Shermaine Tillotson, 25, of East Chicago, was taken into custody
on an active warrant issued through East Chicago and charging him with
driving while suspended, following a traffic stop by Transit Police Officer
Burt Sanders, police said.
On Sunday night, Jason Manning, 30, of Highland, was questioned by Transit
Police officers “for using profanity and being rude to passengers” on board
a South Shore train which had departed Millennium Station at 11:15 p.m.,
“Manning became irate toward police and told them that he was going to cause
injury to himself by slamming his head into the ground and then claim that
the officers beat him,” police said. “Manning held true to his threats and
suddenly began to slam his forehead against a glass window and fall to the
Manning was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana and
transported to the Chicago Police Department’s 4th District lock-up, police
Also on Sunday, Erin Mueller of Highland was issued a written citation for
disorderly conduct “after she was found to be loud and disruptive while on
board the train and disobeyed police orders to cease her behavior,” police