Transit Police report a man caught trying to get down to the Orange Line at Back Bay without paying reacted to the news he was under arrest by grappling with an officer and biting him in the head this morning.
The cop managed to keep him - and a pal who did get through the fare gates for free- under control until reinforcements arrived to take them away and an ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital for treatment of the bite wound, police say.
Police say the incident began around 10:45 a.m. when Cormac Paine-O'Brien, 20, homeless, snuck into the Orange Line behind a paying customer - which got the attention of a red-vested "ambassador," who went up to him and demanded he pay his fare.
At the same time, Michael Chadwick, 36, also homeless and with a bag, tried to simply muscle his way in and pry one of the gates open, police say. He was unsuccessful at that and but then noticed the Paine-O'Brien and the ambassador:
When Chadwick's efforts were rebuffed by the gates he threw the bag to the ground and menacingly proceeded towards the MBTA Ambassador.
A Transit officer who happened to be in the station heard the commotion and went over:
Both Paine-O'Brien and Chadwick refused to identify themselves and Chadwick continued being disorderly. At this time both subjects were informed they were under arrest. At this time Chadwick violently assaulted the officer, during the struggle Chadwick bit the officer on his head.
Both were taken to Transit Police headquarters for booking - Chadwick on charges of aggravated assault, being disorderly and resisting arrest and Paine-O'Brien for refusing to identify himself after fare evading.