Alleged spitting puncher arrested on Silver Line bus
MBTA Transit Police report arresting a homeless man on charges he punched and spit in the face of a Silver Line driver who asked him to pay his fare.
Sean Stuart, 43, was arrested shortly after 10 a.m. at Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue - after being pulled off the driver by several Boston Police officers, Transit Police say.
According to an MBTA Transit Police report:
As passengers were boarding the bus, a male later identified as Sean Stuart, proceeded on the bus without paying his fare. [The driver] stated to Stuart he needed to pay his fare in order to ride on the bus, Stuart said he did not have any money, and was going to ride the bus without paying. The driver again stated he needed to pay his fare before riding, Stuart now became more physical as he clenched his fists and began to yell at the operator, who was sitting in the driver's seat with his foot on the break and the bus in gear. He stated to Stuart he was going to call the police if he did not exit his bus, Stuart lunged toward the driver and spit directly in his face. Stuart began to physically assault the driver by punching him and grabbing a hold of him, blocking the door to the bus preventing any passengers to enter or exit. Passengers on board the bus became afraid for his as well as their own safety and began screaming for help. A Boston Police Officer who was working a paid detail at the location observed the commotion and proceeded to the bus. Multiple Boston Police units arrived and had to physically remove Stuart.