Steven Colla, 51, of no particular address, was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment today on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for an incident last month on the southbound Red Line platform at Downtown Crossing.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office asked for $10,000 bail; Judge Michael Coyne denied that request, but did order Colla to stay away from his alleged victim.
The DA's office provided this account of what happened around 3 p.m. on Sept. 16, after Transit Police responded to the platform:
There, they spoke with a 21-year-old Dorchester woman who said that she had asked a man standing on the Red Line platform if he could move down to make room for her to sit on a counter. When he refused, she jumped onto the space that was available to sit, the victim told police. The man then told her she could not sit there and used a racial epithet before punching her in the chest and dragging her off the counter by her ankle, prosecutors said. The victim fell onto the platform, striking her head. Other patrons made attempts to separate the man and the victim before the man boarded a Braintree-bound train, prosecutors said.
The assault was captured in surveillance images.
The counter was at the former police substation built into the wall of the platform, the DA's office says.