Pack attacks woman on Orange Line; one alleged member arrested at police HQ when he shows up to bail out the others
Six teens were arraigned today on charges they attacked a woman on an Orange Line train yesterday evening and made off with her cell phone. And after they were done, they exchanged high fives, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The DA's office adds that one of the teens, Eric Thompson, 18, of Dorchester, was arrested at Transit Police headquarters in Roxbury when he showed up to help bail out the other teens - still wearing the same sweatshirt he allegedly wore during the attack.
According to the DA's office and Transit Police, the six went after a woman on an outbound train approaching Tufts Medical Center around 6:40 p.m.:
The teens allegedly grabbed the woman's hair and slammed her face into a metal railing as they pried a cell phone from her hand before fleeing as the train pulled into the station.
An MBTA employee observed the teens high-fiving after exiting the station but was unable to catch up to the group, prosecutors said. An MBTA Transit Police officer spotted them a short time later, however, and recognized their clothing from a broadcast of the suspects’ descriptions. As a result, Smith, Barber, and the juvenile defendants were arrested near the intersection of Washington Street and Union Park.
Thompson arrived at Transit Police headquarters on Southampton Street with a new group of friends and was nabbed when a transit officer recognized him from surveillance video at the station.
In addition to Thompson, Demario Barber, 17 and Kernisha Smith, 18, were arraigned in Boston Municipal Court as adults. The remaining three were arraigned in juvenile court and their names were not released due to their ages.
Judge Sally A. Kelly set bail for Thompson and Smith at $2,000. Barber had his bail set at $5,000, but he won't be going anywhere for awhile because he was already facing assault-and-battery charges in East Boston and Kelly revoked his bail for that, the DA's office says.
Judge Paul D. Lewis released two of the younger teens to their parents' custody - prosecutors had sought bail of $10,000 for them. The third teen had his arraignment continued.