Teenagers allegedly spat at and assaulted off-duty taxi driver with hammer and bottle at JFK/UMass station


The three teenagers, including a 13-year-old, broke the windows of the train before the attack, according to the police.

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Three teenagers, including a 14-year-old and a 13-year-old, were apprehended by police Thursday night at the JFK/UMass station in Dorchester after they allegedly smashed the windows of a train and then assaulted an off-duty taxi driver.

According to the 53-year-old taxi driver and a witness, the teenagers kicked and banged the windows of a Red Line train, smashing them, shortly before 11 p.m. They then allegedly approached the taxi driver for a ride, and he told them he was gone. -duty and was there to pick up a family member.

“The group responded by spitting on him, attacking him with a hammer and a glass bottle,” the transport police said in a statement.

After the witness reported the teens to responding officers, the teens ran away but were quickly caught. A 16-year-old girl was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (hammer); a 14-year-old boy was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (glass bottle); and a 13-year-old boy was due to receive a summons for spitting on the man, according to police.

Officers were to review the video before deciding on any charges of malicious destruction related to the train’s windows, the statement said.


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