Woman charged in wild cricket stunt that incited panic on crowded subway

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Kemberly Richardson reports on the woman accused of releasing crickets and worms on a crowded subway. (Zaida Pugh / Facebook)

A woman has been arrested in connection with a wild subway incident in which live crickets were apparently released on a crowded train.

The NYPD said Zaida Pugh was picked up by the Brooklyn Warrant Squad. She's facing a reckless endangerment charge.

NYPD Chief Robert Boyce said she put people at risk.

Here's video of Pugh talking with Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson shortly after her arrest:
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See what the woman charged in connection with a subway cricket stunt says after her arrest.


Pugh, who says she's an actress on her Facebook page, later admitted the video she made showing the ordeal was a social experiment that she hoped would go viral. This one involved crickets and worms on a D train last week.

Pugh said for this experiment, she wanted to see how people treat homeless people, so she dressed up as one and carried the critters around in a container. She told a media outlet that the bugs - more than 300 crickets and at least 200 worms -- were for the "amusement for the video."

But the stunt went awry, and the bugs went flying into the air, causing panic on the train. A passenger pulled the emergency brake and the train was stuck on the Manhattan Bridge for about a half hour while the MTA investigated.

Pugh posted this video on social media after the ordeal:

A passenger on the train captured the incident from a little farther back:

Pugh later posted a teary, nearly 40-minute apology, saying "I just wanted my art and messages to spread across the world and people get my point of views."
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