A Roxbury man faces a variety of charges for an alleged attempt at robbing somebody in an ATM - somebody who happened to have a box cutter with which to defend himself.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, when police found Torin Traynor, 27, of Roxbury, on Calumet Street around 11 p.m. on March 21, he was bleeding from multiple cuts - and told them he'd just been robbed at a Citizens Bank ATM a couple blocks away on Tremont Street. EMTs were summoned to transport him to nearby Brigham and Women's Hospital.
But then, the DA's office says, police found another man, also in bad shape, at the nearby TGI Friday's, where he'd gone to seek help.
Police eventually determined that man was the victim - He'd been withdrawing $20 from the ATM when Traynor grabbed the money out of his hand and then began beating him. "He was punched, kicked, and had his head slammed against the floor and windows," the DA's office says, adding:
During the attack, the victim said, he pulled out a box-cutter and cut the attacker in self-defense, eventually extricating himself from the attack and seeking refuge at a nearby T.G.I. Fridays. He pointed Traynor out to witnesses, saying "He robbed me." Traynor was holding a black wallet at the time; witnesses took it from him and kept it at the scene for police.
Investigators returned to the Brigham, where they met with Traynor again and recovered a $20 bill with apparent blood stains. They also met with Citizens Bank personnel to review surveillance footage from the ATM lobby. That footage corroborated the victim’s account, prosecutors said.
Because of his injuries, Traynor was summoned to court last week, rather than arraigned the next day in West Roxbury District Court on charges of assault and battery with dangerous weapons - his shod foot and the ATM's tile floor - assault and battery and unarmed robbery.
Prosecutors asked for $750 bail; Judge Ernest L. Sarason released Traynor on his own recognizance.
Because he acted in self defense, the victim faces no charges, the DA's office says.