Transit Police report arresting a West Roxbury man they say became outraged that another rider wouldn't let him use his phone, so he whipped out a knife and threatened the rider with it yesterday afternoon.
Maximus Brown 21, was arrested on charges of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and possession of a controlled substance for the cocaine, police say officers found on him.
Brown allegedly became incensed shortly before 2 p.m. on an outbound train approaching Ruggles and the man, 67, declined to hand over his phone.
His response was to remove a knife from his waistband and threaten the victim with harm. The victim exited the train at the first available stop, Ruggles Station, where he encountered TPD. Witnesses present corroborated the victim's statement.
Police say officers began looking for a man matching the victim's and witnesses' description and soon found Brown in front of the Roxbury Crossing stop.