After a thorough investigation, the MARTA Police Department arrested Loren Hooks, 43, of Atlanta and charged him with simple battery in connection with the June 7 incident involving a 68-year-old customer who was forcibly removed from a train stopped at the East Lake rail station. Hooks was transported to the DeKalb County Jail.
MARTA learned about the incident after a video was posted on the internet. MARTA officials said the transit company appreciates the tips and other assistance it received from witnesses who provided information about this incident. MARTA officials are reminding customers to immediately alert police or other personnel whenever they experience unusual, suspicious or illegal activity on trains, buses or in rail stations.
Customers can always dial (404) 848-4911 to report an emergency or, when using the rail system, simply pick up the marked, customer assistance phones on the platform. Intercom units are located inside every rail car and can be used to notify the train operator. All customers with smartphones may also download MARTA’s free “See & Say” app that enables them to contact MARTA Police and snap a picture discreetly.