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Homeless man arrested for hitching ride on freight train, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Aug 16 2013 11:42:37 AM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

 A homeless man's trip to New York was sidetracked when he was discovered hitching a ride on a freight train, officials said.

Cesar E. Corral was found lying with his belongings on a flatbed rail car of a Norfolk Southern train stopped on a stretch of track along the south side of the Lehigh River, between the Minsi Trail Bridge and Emery Street in Bethlehem, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

Corral was arrested after a Norfolk Southern agent told police Corral was not authorized to be on the train, officials said, adding that Corral said he was on his way to New York.

Corral lied about his identity several times as well as his place of birth, telling police his name was Christian Sanchez and Cesar Sanchez and that he was born in Mexico, officials said.

Police later determined Corral's real name and that Corral was born in Argentina, officials said.

Corral, 44, was arraigned on charges of riding on a train without permission and giving false ID to police and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 29.