Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Attempted Kidnapping onboard an MBTA bus Cambridge

Danyelle Abrams
On July 29, 2013 at approximately 9:20pm Transit Police officers from Area 2 received a radio call to respond to Massachusetts Avenue and Pearl Street in Cambridge for an unknown disturbance onboard an MBTA bus. Upon arrival officers located several witnesses on scene who stated the following sequence of events: a minor child (5 years of age) while waiting at the bus stop for the Route 47 along with several of his family members was approached by an unknown female who attempted to engage the child into conversation. The mother of the child was uncomfortable in the manner and general demeanor of the unknown female and walked her child away from the woman. The unknown female was persistent and again approached the child in an attempt to speak with him. Other family members intervened and requested the woman leave the child alone. This angered the woman as she began to yell at the family members. Shortly thereafter the Route 47 bus arrived and the minor child and his family boarded the bus. The woman also entered the bus and continued her attention directed at the child. Family members were demanding the woman leave the child alone, however the woman physically grabbed hold of the child by his waist(child was seated ). At this time a family member intervened and an altercation ensued. The unknown female then fled the bus.

Subsequent to an investigation by Transit Police detectives the woman has been identified as Danyelle Abrams, 36 of Boston. TPD Detectives have secured an arrest warrant issued by Cambridge District Court for Attempted Kidnapping and Assault & Battery (2 counts). Abrams is currently in custody on an unrelated arrest for Malicious Destruction of Property after Transit Police were called to Dudley MBTA station on July 30th, 2013. In that incident witnesses state Abrams shattered the glass of the Bus' door while it was stopped at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street. Her reason for doing so is not clear.

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The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.