An East Boston couple were arraigned on assault and battery and robbery charges yesterday after they allegedly beat a cabbie who wouldn't step on it to get them to a doctor's appointment on the other side of the harbor, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Prosecutors say Kristy Morgan, 28, and Robert Chamness, 31, hailed a medallion cab around 10:50 a.m. on Friday outside the Maverick T stop and asked to be driven to Boston Medical Center. But after crossing under the harbor and getting to Merrimac Street, the couple realized they might not make their 11 a.m. appointment on time:
The woman allegedly instructed the driver to hurry up in order to get her to the medical center by 11:00 a.m. When the driver refused to break the speed limit in order to comply, the woman allegedly reached from behind the driver’s seat to scratch the cabbie's face, leaving red marks on the right side of the victim's face near his eye. The male passenger then began punching the victim in the neck and at the base of his skull, prosecutors said. The victim's glasses were broken during the assault.
Prosecutors say the couple then demanded back the $30 they had paid upfront for the ride:
In fear for his safety, the victim pulled a stack of cash totaling approximately $45 from his pocket, but before he could separate the $30 demanded by the two passengers, the woman grabbed the wad of bills and both assailants then fled the cab.
According to the DA's office, police spotted the pair in the area of Meridian and Liverpool streets in East Boston. They managed to get the cabbie over there and he IDed both as his attackers and police arrested them - but not without a struggle:
As police placed both Chamness and Morgan under arrest, Morgan kicked and elbowed officers, causing both Morgan and the officers to fall to the ground.
Prosecutors asked for $2,500 bail for each at their Boston Municipal Court arraignment on charges of assault and battery, unarmed robbery, malicious destruction of propery over $250. Morgan was also charged with resisting arrest and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Judge Michael Coyne released both on their own recognizance.