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Area man charged as dumbass who broke into one of the driver compartments of a hurtling Red Line train and stuck his head out the window, police say

Transit Police report that around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, a man broke into one of the operator cabs on a Red Line train - but not the one the train's driver was using - and "hung his head out the window" while the train was in motion towards Andrew.

Transit Police report that other riders who saw something said something, so the train and John Joseph Murphy, 19, were met at the station by Transit officers.

The officers started writing him a summons to appear in court on a charge of trespassing, but then he refused to leave and "shouted homophobic slurs at officers," which earned him a ride to nearby Transit Police headquarters for booking.

Innocent, etc.

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... in to a hate crime!

I'm sure his family says he's a good kid when he's sober ...

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If I understand this story correctly this clown broke into operator's cab which forced train service to be delayed until the police arrived. The Transit Police responded and decided to release him but handed him a piece of paper telling him to appear in court sometime in the future. His response was to call them homophobic slurs so they arrested him. So they didn't arrest him for breaking into the cab and forcing service to be delayed but for calling them bad words and pissing them off.

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His response was to refuse to leave and then call them slurs. Sounds like they arrested him so they could drag his sorry ass off the train.

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He didn't break into the operator's cab at the front of the train, but one of the ones further back. And thanks to the calls or texts from passengers in the same car as him, the cops were already waiting at the station when the train pulled in, so I can't imagine getting him out delayed the train by much. The summons writing would've been on the platform, not on the train.

His court records show he was still charged with trespassing, it's just instead of basically getting a ticket to show up in court later, he was arrested and taken down to TPD headquarters for fingerprinting, booking, etc. (I can't absolutely guarantee he wasn't charged with other stuff, too, because the Massachusetts online criminal docket system, at least for people who are not lawyers or court personnel, is years and years behind those in other states, and I don't like driving to a Boston municipal court just to look up this guy's complete docket).

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So, local schmuck, not local transit-obsessed teenager. There was one in New York City a while back who was repeatedly arrested for doing things like sneaking onto trains at the beginning of the line, and driving them to their destinations. He was competent at the job, but the MTA understandably didn't want people who didn't work their driving their trains, and they weren't hiring minors.

I think they dropped the charges on the condition that he transfer to the transit-specific vocational high school, and told him he could apply for a job after graduation.

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Hope it turns out a win win for both.

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