A woman who posed as a homeless person and wreaked havoc on a New York City subway train after releasing live crickets as part of a prank has been arrested and charged, police told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday.
Zaida Pugh, a self-described actress, told the New York Post Saturday that she staged the elaborate prank on the D train "to show what homeless people go through and how people treat them."
On Tuesday, a New York police spokesperson said Pugh, 21, was arrested and charged with multiple counts, including reckless endangerment, obstructing government administration, false reporting of an incident, and disorderly conduct (creating a hazardous condition).
The police officer said Pugh caused "panic, alarm, and recklessness" on the train by "throwing the crickets around."
Another police spokesperson earlier confirmed that Pugh was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation after the incident, but did not have information on the results.