Three 15-year-olds told a woman on the Red Line to go back to her own country before one of them began beating her with her fists and a phone as the train traveled between Savin Hill and Andrew the day before the election last week, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Two of the teens were arraigned last week on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and civil rights violation causing injury. The third was arraigned on the same charges on Monday, the DA's office reports, adding the woman was treated at the scene for facial swelling, but declined a trip to the hospital.
Two are from Dorchester; one from Mattapan, the DA's office says, adding a break in the case came after Transit Police detectives showed a photo a witness had taken to Boston Public Schools officials - all are BPS high-school students.
According to the DA's office:
The 49-year-old victim boarded a Red Line train at Savin Hill Station at approximately 7:40 a.m. on Nov. 7. The defendants were also on board the train and began to verbally harass her, mocking the woman’s accent and English proficiency, and telling her to “go back to [her] own country,” prosecutors said. When the woman attempted to leave her seat, the group allegedly blocked her to prevent her from moving. One of them, prosecutors said, repeatedly punched and struck her in the face with a cell phone.
A witness pressed the train’s emergency call button to report the assault at Andrew Station. MBTA Transit Police responded to the scene and spoke to witnesses who corroborated the distraught victim’s account. One witness described the group as “celebrating” once they left the train.
All three were released to their parents on condition they stay away from each other, the victim and witnesses, the DA's office says.