A homeless man was arrested in the pedestrian tunnel between the Orange and Blue lines at State Street last night after a chase that began on an Orange Line train, MBTA Transit Police report.
According to a police report, Francisco Hernandez Diaz, of no particular address, took off his black leather belt on an inbound Orange Line train at State Street and began swinging it over his head and screaming, around 8:30 p.m., Monday.
As passengers swarmed out of the train to get away from him, a T inspector boarded the car. Hernandez took a swing at her with his belt, then stopped and undid his pants to expose himself to her. At that point, she fled as well, just as a police officer arrived on the platform, the report continues.
The officer ordered Diaz out of the train and demanded he lie on the ground. Hernandez got out of the train, but instead of getting down, he started running toward the Blue Line - with the officer in pursuit. But then the officer slipped on a set of "shiny floor tiles" and fell to the ground, with intense pain in the back of his right leg above the knee and no longer able to walk, the report says:
Once he hit the ground, Hernandez noted that he was injured and immediately turned around and began to approach him. The suspect began swinging the belt at [the officer] as he got closer in an attempt to hit him while he was on the ground. It was at this point that [the officer] delivered an approximately one second burst from his department issued oleoresin capscicum cannister in the suspect's eyes. Hernandez immediately turned, placed his hands to his face and once again fled down the corridor between the Orange Line and the Blue Line.
Another officer, who had been stationed at the Blue Line end of the tunnel, put Diaz under arrest after a brief struggle. He was charged with open and gross lewdness and assault and battery on a police officer.
His bail was set at $1,000 at his arraignment today in Suffolk Superior Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.