The woman who horrified New Yorkers — and freaked out just about everyone else — last Wednesday when she dumped 600 crickets and worms into a crowded subway car and then peed all over the floor has been arrested.
Just hours after the incident went viral Friday, the woman, Zaida Pugh, 21, admitted it’d all been an act to raise awareness about homelessness and mental health. NYPD officials later said she might be arrested for the stunt, which delayed the D train for about 30 minutes.
On Monday afternoon, police arrested Pugh and reportedly charged her with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, false reporting an incident, and disorderly conduct
“Zaida Pugh will be arrested for reckless endangerment for what she did on the train,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said at a press conference, according to DNA Info. “She put people at risk. [They] could have had heart attacks, people could have had all kinds of issues. [They could be] emotionally scarred from that.”
Earlier Monday, Pugh released an impassioned Facebook Live video in which she apologized and said she’s received death threats.
“There are people that really hate me…probably want me dead. I don’t want that. That’s not the type of attention I wanted,” she said. “I just really had a dream and I wanted it to go far. I wanted to spread messages out there, and I didn’t want it to happen like this.”
“I don’t know what’s going to happen to me,” she added.