Police: Boston men beat cabbies - and bit one - at Wonderland before being overwhelmed by taxi reinforcements
MBTA Transit Police report arresting two guys who didn't take kindly to news early this morning that a T worker wouldn't personally drive them back home and that a cab driver wouldn't take them to Blue Hill Avenue for a flat $20.
Ivan Hernandez, 22, of Dorchester, and Jevaun Jacques, 21, of Mattapan, face a variety of charges for a melee outside Wonderland station around 1:30 a.m. that police say started when they went up to a T employee, said they were T workers themselves and that he should drive them post haste to Blue Hill Avenue. When he refused, police say, they kicked his car. Then, police say:
Hernandez and Jacques then approached a cab driver parked within the cab stand at Wonderland station and requested to be driven to Blue Hill Avenue for "twenty dollars". The cab driver refused and explained the fare to Blue Hill Avenue would be 50 dollars. At this Jacques began to punch the cab driver about the head and face with a closed fist through the open window causing a laceration to the victim's forehead.
A fellow cab driver witnessing the brutal attack came to the victim's aid and attempted to pull Jacques away from him. As he was attempting to pull Jacques away from the victim/fellow cab driver Hernandez set upon him punching him in the head, it was at this time Jacques bit him on the hand puncturing the skin. Jacques and Hernandez then threw the 2nd victim to the ground and proceeded to punch and kick him. Several other cab drivers witnessing the assault came to his aid and were able to cease the assault until police arrived.
The duo are scheduled for arraignment in Chelsea District Court today on charges of assault and battery on a person over 60, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - a shod foot - aggravated assault and battery with injuries and assault and battery. Jacques also faces a charge of assault and battery on a police officer for the kick police say he delivered to one of the arresting officers.