NJ Transit: Man accused of shouting racial, religious slurs at passenger on train

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MORRIS PLAINS -

A Morristown man is set to face a judge after he was arrested for an alleged bias incident against a New Jersey Transit passenger.

Keith Brown, of Morris Plains, says he was on the train from Newark for about 20 minutes when a stranger walked-up and assaulted him both verbally and physically. He says the violent encounter went down because he couldn't answer the man's question about whether anyone was in the bathroom.

Brown says the man then started spewing racial epithets at him.

"...As I told him to leave me alone, I'm not about that, he reached down and punches me in my face," says Brown.

The former boxer says his instincts kicked in and he defended himself.

Authorities identified the suspect as 52-year-old Johnny Juinca-Pena. NJ Transit says he was arrested on charges including bias intimidation.

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