Transit Police report arresting an Arlington man last night for an incident on an inbound Orange Line train they say started with him hurling insults at two women and escalated to him trying to rob them, spitting at them and waving his fists at them.
Police say a male passenger managed to get ahold of Richard Botelho, 43, and keep him from moving until police could arrive at the Haymarket Orange Line platform around 8:45 p.m.
According to police, Botelho began yelling insults at two women. They asked him to stop and, when he refused, moved to another part of the car, police say. Police add:
Botelho continued his harassment and then attempted to forcefully grabbed a cell phone one of the victim's was holding onto to. As the victim and Botelho struggled for her phone Botelho began spitting on both victims and swinging his fists wildly.
Botelho is scheduled for arraignment today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery and unarmed robbery.