State Police report arresting Nicholas Franco of Newton, whom they say got out of his car and attacked the driver of a cab behind him, at Jeffries Street and Transportation Way around 9:10 a.m. on Friday.
According to State Police, the cab driver, 86, was taken to a local hospital for treatment after Franco, himself 66, went on the offensive:
According to the victim, witness statements and video surveillance of the intersection, Franco, who was driving a 2016 gray Mercedes cut off and stopped his vehicle in front of a white taxi cab who was stopped at the traffic light on Harborside Drive [which turns into Transportation Way]. He exited his vehicle and walked over to the cab. The operator of the cab, an 86 year-old male exited his vehicle and the two engaged in a verbal altercation which led to Franco pulling the victims glasses off his face, pushing him to the ground and striking him in the torso. Franco then got back into his vehicle and left the scene.
Franco was charged with assault and battery on a person over 60, State Police say.
WFXT, which interviewed the victim, reports that Franco is a dentist with a practice in East Boston.