Sean Gardiner and Joel Stonington
The Wall Street Journal
April 30, 2010

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A man dressed like a subway worker found walking the tracks with road flares and a container marked “sodium cyanide” early Thursday morning turned out to be a suicidal college student, and not a terrorist as authorities originally feared, police said.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers riding in the tunnel to pick up garbage spotted Aaron Fetto, 20, dressed in a hardhat, reflective vest and yellow, knee-length boots around 5:30 a.m. walking in the tunnel south of Bowling Green heading toward Brooklyn, said Paul Browne, the New York Police Department’s spokesman.

Thinking he was another worker, MTA employees pulled the man onto the cart. When they realized he wasn’t a fellow worker, the MTA employees took him to the Bowling Green station and an officer stationed at the Omega anti-terrorism post, arrested him, Browne said.

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