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.