On January 12th, 2013 at approximately 5:52 p.m. Transit Police officers from Area 4 received a radio call to respond to Ruggles MBTA station for an unknown problem. Upon arrival witnesses immediately began pointing to a male, later identified as Francis Cocuzzo, 40 of Walpole, MA. Officers then located three female victims (all related) and gathered the following set of circumstances; while waiting to board a bus at the 28 berth Cocuzzo assaulted one of the females (unprovoked) by pushing her with his forearm. The 2nd female victim intervened and told Cocuzzo to stop his behavior. Cocuzzo responded by grabbing the 2nd female victim by her jacket, restraining her against the bus and punching her repeatedly about the body. Cocuzzo then ripped a necklace the victim was wearing off her neck and placed it into his pocket. A third female victim attempted to stop Cucuzzo from his violent assault however he kicked her in the thigh area.
As Transit Police officers were placing Cucozzo into custody he attempted to spit at them and resisted being handcuffed. Eventually Cucozzo was brought under control and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. Cucozzo is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court sometime today for Assault & Battery, Assault &Battery w/ a dangerous weapon/Shod Foot and Unarmed Robbery. Boston EMS responded, all victims examined on scene and released.