MANHATTAN — The subway station agent arrested after a scuffle with an NYPD officer for refusing to allow him a free pass through the security gate during a police chase has died, according to his union.
Darryl Goodwin, 54, who suffered from high blood pressure and other health issues, made headlines in May after he denied a free pass to police who were chasing a robbery suspect through his subway station at Columbus Circle.
The officers confronted the station agent, who left the booth and held up his MTA badge to an NYPD lieutenant's face. In the ensuing scuffle, the officer's hand was cut, according to prosecutors.
Goodwin said he pressed the button to open the gate as soon as he was aware officers wanted to enter the station platform.
He was charged with obstruction of government administration, misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest.
The vice president of Transit Workers Union Local 100, Derick Echevarria, defended Goodwin's behavior in the exchange and vowed to clear his name.
“We believe this unwarranted arrest had an underlying affect on his demise,” Echevarria said. “Darryl was stressed out and working a lot of overtime to recover the wages he lost. He never should have been arrested.”
Family members did not want to reveal Goodwin's cause of death.
The Manhattan District Attorney's office declined to comment on the case.