The MBTA reports a Charlestown man was arrested for allegedly grabbing a woman's behind at Community College on the Orange Line on July 8 and that a Brighton man was arrested at Copley this morning for allegedly rubbing against a woman from behind on a B trolley - and then pinning her in and continuing to grind away.
In the Orange Line incident, John Velho, 36, allegedly grabbed a woman's buttocks around 6 p.m. on July 8, then immediately apologized. But he allegedly then followed the woman onto the platform, where she reported him to an inspector, who responded by ordering a halt to Orange Line service and calling police. Velho then fled from the station, the MBTA says, adding Velho was arrested today on a charge of indecent assault and battery.
In the Green Line incident, a woman said she was standing on the steps of a trolley near BU East during this morning's commute when she felt a man rubbing his genitals against her. She told police she tried to move away but that he managed to pin her in and kept rubbing away. At Hynes, she was able to turn around and began screaming at him. She exited the train at Copley and got an inspector, who immediately ordered the trolley locked up until police arrive.
According to a police report, Sasha Pave of Brighton denied the accusation and said the woman "was crazy." Like Velho, he was charged with indecent assault and battery.