On August 23rd, 2012 at approximately 6:45PM Transit and Lynn Police were called to Market Street, Central Sq. Lynn MA. for a report of a MBTA bus operator being physically assaulted. Upon arrival Lynn Police officers located the victim/MBTA bus operator, who was bleeding from his mouth and nose area. The victim reported, earlier that same evening approximately 20 minutes prior, as he was pulling away from a bus stop at Wonderland MBTA station in Revere, MA a male, later identified as Paul Kouroyen , 33 of Everett, MA., was chasing the bus and began to pound on the driver’s side window demanding to be let on. The bus operator did not stop for Kouroyen and continued on his route. Approximately 20 minutes later as the bus stopped in Central Sq. Lynn, Kouroyen was also there. Kouroyen entered the bus and confronted the operator in regards to not stopping for him. Subsequently Kouroyen spit in the MBTA bus operator’s face and then punched him several times about the face and also kicked him in the shin area.
Based on a description of Kouroyen provided to the Lynn Police officers on scene an area search was conducted and Kouroyen was located a short distance away where he was positively identified as the assailant. Kouroyen was placed into custody for Assault and Battery by means of Dangerous Weapon (shod foot) and Assault and Battery by the Lynn Police. He was subsequently turned over to the Transit Police for processing. Kouroyen will be arraigned sometime today in Lynn District Court.
The victim was treated and released from Union Hospital in Lynn for injuries sustained during the attack.
Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan stated, “ No MBTA employee deserves to be spat upon and physically assaulted in the performance of their duty. We take assaults on employees very seriously, it is always concerning to me when these incidents occur. I’m thankful to the Lynn Police for their prompt response to this incident and working co-operatively with the Transit Police”.
|Paul Kouroyen/Transit Police|