Transit Police report arresting a Boston woman on charges she punched a senior citizen in the back of the head for trying to move her purse from a seat on a full Red Line train during rush hour Friday afternoon at Harvard Square - after the woman refused a request to move it.
According to police, Jada Campbell, 23, was sitting in one seat and her purse in another around 5 p.m. when a 71-year-old woman asked her to move the bag so she could sit down:
Campbell refused to do so. The victim then handed the purse to Campbell and was about to take a seat. Campbell became enraged and physically threatened to harm the victim. The victim now in fear for her safety attempted to move away from Campbell. At this time Campbell stood up and with a closed fist struck the victim in the back of her head.
Police say that when officers arrived, Campbell tried to fight them, too, but they proved a bit tougher and were able to arrest her on charges of assault and battery on a person over 60 and resisting arrest. They also charged her with witness intimidation for allegedly threatening both the victim and witnesses for talking to police.