Thursday, August 23, 2012

Trespasser arrested, delayed commute for hundreds

On August 22,2012  at approximately 4PM Transit Police officers assigned to Area 1 received a radio call for male party laying on the tracks between Back Bay Commuter Rail Station and South Station. Transit Police had to suspend service for both south bound and west bound trains while they searched the area. At approximately 4:25PM officers located Edward Leahy, 53 of Boston, MA. approximately 100 yards north of the Track 1 platform at Back Bay Station sleeping next to the track. Leahy did not offer an explanation as to why he choose such a dangerous area to sleep and denied wanting to hurt himself. Unfortunately hundreds of MBTA commuters as well as Amtrak passengers were delayed for about a half hour during rush hour while Transit Police searched the area. The location were Leahy was trespassing is clearly marked with "No Trespassing" and "Danger High Voltage" signage. Leahy was placed into custody for Trespassing and transported to TPD HQ for the booking process. Leahy will be arraigned sometime today in Boston Municipal Court.

Edward Leahy/Transit Police