On August 27th, 2012 at approximately 12:37am Transit Police officers assigned to Area 1 were dispatched to Downtown Crossing MBTA, Orange Line southbound platform, for a report of a male being assaulted by multiple indivduals. Upon arrival officers located a 40 year old male victim who had obvious injuries, lacerations and swelling to his facial and torso areas. Boston Emergency Medical Services was immediately requested to respond to assess victim's condition. Victim stated to officers while he was waiting for a train on the platform he had a verbal dispute with a woman, who was in the company of several other males. Victim was then set upon and physically attacked by the males. Victim was repeatedly punched and kicked about his body. The assailants were able to flee prior to police arrival. The incident was assigned to the Transit Police Criminal Investigations Unit, a subsequent investigation led to the quick apprehension of two individuals who took part in the assault. Karen Akiba, 22 of Cambridge, MA. and Bryon Lashus, 32 of Watertown, MA were arrested by Transit Police detectives for Assault & Battery w/Dangerous Weapon and Assault & Battery on Disabled Person. Akiba and Lashus will be arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court. Victim was brought to an area hospital for treatment. Transit Police Superintendent-in Chief Joseph O'Connor stated " there is no logical reason why the victim in this case was assaulted. The quick apprehension of the suspects is another example of the excellent work of our detectives".
The investigation is ongoing.