Disruptive passenger removed from Amtrak train in Pittsfield

Saturday March 2, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- City police removed an unruly passenger from a westbound Amtrak passenger train on Friday afternoon.

Local police escorted the 60-year-old man from the train headed toward New York on Friday afternoon because he was verbally harassing passengers, according to police. Ken Kleps, from Portland, Maine, was on the 449 Amtrak train for Utica, N.Y., when the train conductor contacted police in Pittsfield to have him taken off the train.

Authorities met the train at the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center on Columbus Avenue. It was not known where the man had boarded the train.

Kleps told police he was on his way to visit family and hadn't been drinking. He carried a duffel bag, backpack, and a bag with sleeping gear, and did not seem to be aware that items were falling out of his various bags and onto the platform.

Police didn't charge Kleps, but they came close because he continued with profanity-laden language and sexual innuendos directed at them and others in the area.

"Keep on talking so I'll have a reason to arrest you," a police officer warned him.


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