SEPTA conductor charged with beating passenger

Gregory Kelly allegedly assaulted a SEPTA passenger.
Gregory Kelly allegedly assaulted a SEPTA passenger.
Posted: November 01, 2013

A SEPTA conductor has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking a passenger aboard a Regional Rail train at Suburban Station.

A male passenger was boarding an outbound train on the Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line on Oct. 15 when conductor Gregory Kelly Sr., 50, allegedly assaulted him, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. SEPTA police responded and spoke to the passenger and multiple witnesses before taking Kelly off the job, Williams said.

The passenger, whose name was not released, told CBS3 in an interview that Kelly screamed at him, punched him repeatedly and tried to choke him. He said Kelly became enraged after he accidentally bumped Kelly as he was boarding the train.

"You bumped me! You bumped me!" Kelly yelled during the attack, according to the passenger.

Kelly, a 28-year SEPTA employee who lives in Lansdale, surrendered to SEPTA police Wednesday afternoon with his lawyer. He was arraigned in court yesterday and released after posting $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 15.

Williams said Kelly has been suspended. In addition to aggravated assault, he has been charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

No information for Kelly's lawyer could be obtained yesterday.


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