DA: Blue Line rider attacked into unconsciousness by man enraged at demand he put out his cigarette
A Medford man and his Winthrop girlfriend were arraigned today on charges of armed assault with intent to murder for a March 24 incident on the Blue Line that left a rider unconscious and with serious injuries that might have been even worse if the man had managed to get access to his knife, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
According to prosecutors, Paul Mucci, 48, became enraged that morning when another rider on an outbound Blue Line train told him to extinguish the cigarette he'd lit just past Revere Beach. Mucci allegedly head-butted the man, then kicked and punched him repeatedly as he tried to get the knife he had clipped to the back of his belt:
"I'm going to kill you," Mucci allegedly shouted.
[Girlfriend Paula] Howard allegedly yelled to Mucci, "Undo the buckle" in an effort to assist him in retrieving the weapon. Witnesses said she was "coaching" Mucci to stab the victim.
A female passenger saw the knife, jumped on Mucci's back, and disarmed him. That woman later gave the knife to an MBTA inspector after the duo fled the train at Wonderland Station.
The victim of the assault lost consciousness and suffered serious injuries to his face and left hand. He was transported by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Chelsea District Court Judge Benjamin Barnes set bail at $3,000 for Mucci and $150 for Howard, and ordered them to stay away from the victim. Prosecutors had asked for bail of $25,000 for Mucci, who has a ten-page rap sheet with convictions for, among other things, assault and battery.