On February 11, 2013 at approximately 6:20 p.m. Transit Police officers from Area 2 were on patrol at North Station MBTA Commuter Rail when they were approached by a MBCR employee who informed the officers a man was masturbating on an incoming Lowell train. The officers were further informed the train was due to arrive in approximately 5 minutes. The officers proceeded to the platform and waited for the train's arrival. As the Lowell train came to a stop and passengers were disembarking the officers noticed a male, later identified as Mehmet Beyaztas, 24 of Boston, running down the platform and away from the train. The officers were immediately notified by train personnel Beyaztas was the man who was involved in the incident on board the train. Officers were able to stop Beyaztas to conduct an investigation as to what transpired.
As the officers were speaking with Beyaztas a female passenger who was on the same train car as him approached the officers and identified herself as the person who requested police assistance. The female reporting party provided the following information to officers; while traveling on a inbound Lowell train her attention was drawn to Beyaztas who was seated across the aisle from her. Beyaztas was masturbating and looking in her direction. Beyaztas made no attempt to conceal and/or be covert in his actions and his penis was fully exposed. The reporting party moved away from Beyaztas and reported the incident to train personnel.
Officers placed Beyaztas into custody for Open & Gross conduct and transported him to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. Beyaztas is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court sometime today.