So a Level 3 sex offender and a man wanted for attacking a cop walk into a T station ...

And both wind up under arrest, MBTA Transit Police report.

Police say officers arrived at Back Bay station around 9:30 p.m. yesterday to find two men brawling. After officers separated them, police say, each accused the other of starting the fight. Neither, however, wanted to press charges agains the other, police say, adding:

Officers on scene were able to determine [John] Carpenter had an outstanding default warrant in existence for his arrest for the following charges: Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Trespassing issued from Boston Municipal Court. [Steven] Odom, a level 3 sex offender failed to register as such in the City of Boston in violation of MGL CH.6 S178. Both Carpenter and Odom were taken into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. Both men will appear in Boston Municipal Court sometime today.

According to state records, Odom, a Dorchester resident, was convicted of indecent assault and battery in 2006.

Innocent, etc.

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Back Bay station

The entrances are nice and clean but the platforms are dingy especially track five where the junkies and pervs hang out. The mens room is dangerous. Nice work by the police but they should be there all the time.

Running out of names

Steve Odom: the innocent 13-year old kid shot in Dorchester a few years ago (or the Pro-Bowler from the 70s who played for the Packers and the Giants).
John Carpenter: Director of The Thing and Escape From New York.

These are the neuron firings that first jump through my head when I read these things. Makes for some interesting mental pictures.

There should be permanent

There should be permanent police presence at Back Bay, Downtown Crossing ALL THE TIME. As for B.B, it's obvious the place isn't policed enough. They should be highly visible. Especially interesting since many visitors and tourists use it. I guess the MBTA, City of Boston and state doesn't care. Whatever.

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