Man sought for questioning in deadly arson fire on 2 train in Manhattan

The man wanted fore questioning in the March 27 arson fire at the 110th Street station on the 2 line in Manhattan. (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

The NYPD released a photo Saturday night of a man wanted for questioning in connection to Friday’s arson fire on the 2 train in Manhattan that left a motorman dead.

The incident happened at 3:14 a.m. on March 27 inside the 110th Street station on the 2 line, located in the vicinity of West 110th Street and Lenox Avenue.

MTA officials said Friday that the fire began inside the second front car of the 2 train that had emanated out of Flatbush, Brooklyn at 2:15 a.m. Upon pulling into the 110th Street station, the passengers on board were quickly removed by personnel.

Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found three men and a woman inside the station suffering from smoke inhalation. Paramedics rushed them to Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in stable condition.

Firefighters on the scene of the March 27 arson fire at the 110th Street station in Manhattan.
(Photo by Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit)

First responders also found the train’s motorman — Garret Goble, 36, of East 53rd Street in Brooklyn — lying on the tracks. EMS rushed Goble to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Acting New York City Transit President Sarah Feinberg said Friday that the blaze caused significant damage to train cars and the station itself.

Police did not provide a physical description of the suspect wanted for questioning. The MTA is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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