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Published on : Saturday, August 27, 2016
Footage filmed by fellow commuters shows the woman becoming increasingly distressed by a group of teenagers before releasing the creepy crawlies then appearing to wet herself.
With live insects jumping on them, passengers freaked out rushing to try to get away.
In the chaos, somebody pulled the emergency brake and the train came to a screeching halt on the Manhattan Bridge, it ended up stuck there for half an hour.
On Friday, however, a woman came forward to claim that she had staged the event as a prank to raise awareness of how people treat the homeless.
Zaida Pugh said she is an actress and was not concerned about a backlash from inconvenienced commuters.
The teenagers, who she said were also acting, had pushed her as she offered the creepy-crawlies for sale, before knocking the container holding them into the air.
After the crickets were set free, some of them jumped on passengers, who were not in on the prank.
Some people whipped out smartphones and began recording.
The D train, which connects the boroughs of the Bronx with Brooklyn via Manhattan, was stopped on the bridge spanning the East River.
After it began moving again, police officers met the train at the next station.
No one was injured and a New York Police Department spokeswoman said on Friday that they took the woman to a hospital for psychiatric observation.