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Police: Dance Performance On PATH Train Ends In Arrests

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Two New York men's dance performance on a Newark-bound PATH train has led to criminal charges.

The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Wednesday when the suspects began playing music and dancing in an apparent attempt to solicit money, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police said.

They became aggressive, and a 21-year-old male passenger reported being kicked in the chest, police said. A 27-year-old female passenger reported being harassed, and the dancers allegedly squirted the conductor in the face with liquid from a water bottle.

Nineteen-year-old Kaheem Francis and 18-year-old Tiquan Arnon, both of New York City, were arrested at the Harrison Station. They face charges including assault, disorderly conduct and interference with public transportation.

Police in New York this year launched a crackdown on subway performers, saying they create a safety risk for passengers by flipping, somersaulting and pole-dancing in crowded cars.

More than 240 people had been arrested on misdemeanors related to acrobatics between January and July, compared with fewer than 40 at the same time a year ago.

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