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Bus driver who was out on bail on an assault-and-battery charge tried to rape a passenger in Winthrop, DA charges

The driver of a 713 bus diverted his bus to a Winthrop beach where he wouldn't let the sole passenger on board exit as he ate his dinner and then tried to rape her Saturday evening, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charges.

Ali Ennab, 45, of Revere, and a driver for Paul Revere Transportation, which operates the route for the MBTA, was arraigned in East Boston Municipal Court yesterday on charges of kidnapping, assault to rape and indecent assault and battery, the DA's office reports. Judge John E. McDonald, Jr. set bail at $10,000, but also ordered his bail revoked on an unrelated assault-and-battery charge out of Malden. Suffolk County prosecutors had asked for bail of $25,000 on the new charge.

Prosecutors say the woman, who does not speak English, boarded the bus at Orient Heights around 7:20 pm.

She was talking on her phone and missed her stop and then used a translator app to ask the driver to take her back to Orient Heights. The bus driver began speaking to her and identified himself as Ali, but he did not return to Orient Heights. Instead, he stopped the bus at a stop near the beach in Winthrop, and the victim began to feel nervous because she was the only passenger.

[Assistant DA Amelia] Singh said the defendant shut the bus off, got up and sat next to the victim and put his arm around her. He then pulled her closer to him and kissed her cheek. The defendant told the woman he could get her a green card. She responded that she has a husband and doesn’t need a green card, then again asked him to open the doors because she wanted to get off the bus. He asked for her number and she called her phone from his phone so that his number would be there in case something happened to her. He then began eating his dinner and refused to open the doors to let her off the bus.

After eating, he started the bus. The victim started walking toward the doors and the driver turned the bus off again. She asked him to open the door and he lunged at her, ripping her mask off and kissing her face. He groped her body and put his hand down her pants. She begged him to stop and he continued assaulting her. She recorded audio of the assault on her phone. In the audio, the victim can be heard in Spanish begging the driver to stop and open the door. He responds, “Me, I’m boyfriend for you, it’s okay.” She continues to tell him no and to open the door. When an unidentified woman walked near the bus, she apparently caused Ennab to open the door allowing the victim to leave.

Innocent, etc.

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It's nice knowing the courts and MBTA are looking out for the public.
I have no problem with being out on bail but he should be nowhere near the public.

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It took 35 minutes for a "lets poop on the mbta" post.

Also, did you miss "contractor" in that driver's description. 713 is a contract bus, owned and operated by another company. They only carry MBTA branding and are apart of the MBTA scheduling system. MBTA has little to do with the hiring or firing of this person.

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operated this route when I last rode it. I don't know if they still do.

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I've corrected the story to reflect that. Doesn't change the basic facts of the story, though.

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The MBTA can put into contracts that no person on bail for a felony should be allowed to transport the public, The courts can notify employers of people who deal with the public.
I'm not pooping on anyone, I'm making an observation and stating an opinion.

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I'll reveal something about myself. I used to work for a MBTA Contractor. (not Paul Revere)

I can honestly tell you, yes that can be done.

But Good luck getting it. You can't make a blanket statement like that, because it would need to be in the contract. Sure the MBTA can amend it, but not instantly like you think it can be done. Some of these contracts are very old, and long standing.

No fault of anyone's, its just how it works.

However, this does not stop the MBTA from leaning on the contractor to do something. They did *multiple* times with mine, and the infractions were small compared to what happened here.

While I get what you are saying, its useless statement because this can happen at any job, anywhere, at anytime. Fucked up people are everywhere.

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But Good luck getting it. You can't make a blanket statement like that, because it would need to be in the contract. Sure the MBTA can amend it, but not instantly like you think it can be done. Some of these contracts are very old, and long standing.

So that all sounds like a really great reason not to get off their dead asses and act to protect passengers like this woman.

While I get what you are saying, its useless statement because this can happen at any job, anywhere, at anytime. Fucked up people are everywhere.

And not employing people whose fucked up status is a matter of an ongoing criminal complaint does not seem like a super high bar. Please don't act as an apologist for those who don't want to bother clearing it.

Honestly, your "hey, shit happens" attitude is just about the worst possible take. Be ashamed of yourself.

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Did you worth with me?

Oh you didnt?

Then take a seat. You don't know.

I wasn't sticking up for anyone. I'm stating facts. I worked there. I know how it works. You don't. Stick with what you know.

And for the record, I personally think its a shitty to do. I think they lean the contractor better. And I agree, they should probably think about doing that, and in fact there may already be one.

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She had a basic expectation of safety when she got on public transportation. You can explain it away by using terms like “branded buses” and “that’s not in the contract”. The T played a role in tricking this woman into a bad situation w a sketchy dude to save a few bucks.

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Most recently by Paul Revere bus company, but I think it's been privately run ever since buses replaced the Narrow Gauge railroad that used to loop through Winthrop as a branch of the line from East Boston to Lynn. At some point, the MBTA began subsidizing the service and assigned it a route number.

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To get the MBTA or the Courts to look out for the public, it should be common sense.
My statement stands (even if you think it's a useless statement.)

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Isn’t a felony

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Felonies and and certain misdemeanors then, common sense stuff.

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Extreme situations - like Octomom, or this horrible assault - are often so rare that nothing predicts them.

And yet there are always people who react to them with WE NEED A LAW AND EXECUTE EVERYBODY.

Unless you have some data to show that this is a less than unpredictable situation and presents an expected problem, perhaps we'd be best to not waste resources on outrage in ways that prevent nothing and use them to solve reliable problems instead.

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Look at the Suffolk DA's alleged-criminal-friendly policies or the cash-flush bail fund instead of the court system.

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He was out on bail in a case from Malden, which isn't in Suffolk County, so she has nothing to do with that case.

Also, although I didn't put it in the story originally, but will now (thanks!), Rollins's office asked for higher bail than the judge set.

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Bail isn't meant to be punitive - its just a way of trying to ensure that people will show up for court. If the prosecutor + cops really think that someone shouldn't be out on the streets, that's a case they have to try and make in court.

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In easy to understand terms.

You might want to read it.

Someone at UHub should put together a test that automatically deploys every time a post mentions "bail" or "Rachel Rollins". You would be required to get 4 out of 5 on a quiz about bail and get 8 out of 10 on a quiz about what Rollins actually prosecutes before your post could procede.

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Ever the dictator wannabe.

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...found a hobby yet, huh?

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Bail has been revoked. This person was out on bail from a previous assault, however this article doesn't explain what the details of that Malden assault was.

Do you know?

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... that MBTA busses should be driven by MBTA employees only. Subcontracting to private companies leads to sub par service and risky situations.

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I can't wait for some of the retrograde acolytes of the Pioneer Institute to claim that this was a union action to discredit contract drivers.

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