Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Man Assaults Conductor-Arrested

Eric Foster
On August 9, 2013 at approximately 9:50pm an MBCR conductor was threatened at knife point by a male on board the train at the Haverhill MBTA Commuter Rail station. According to the conductor he noticed the male sleeping and began to wake him as Haverhill is the last stop. The male became angry and refused to exit the train. The conductor attempted to explain to the male Haverhill was the last stop of the line and all passengers are required to disembark. The male refused again and rose to his feet, pulled out a folding knife and began waving it at the conductor challenging him to a physical confrontation. The conductor immediately called police and the suspect male fled. Transit and Haverhill Police were unable to locate the offending male.

On August 13, 2013 at approximately 8:30pm the same male attempted to board a Haverhill bound train from North Station. The same conductor/victim from the above referenced incident was also working on that train. The conductor refused to let the male board and called the Transit Police. Once again the male threatened the conductor with physical harm. The male fled prior to Transit Police arrival. However TPD officers conducted an area search and located a subject fitting the physical description provided by the victim inside the 7-11 on Causeway Street. The victim/conductor positively identified the male as the individual who assaulted him on the 9th and verbally threatened him moments earlier. The male, later identified as Eric Foster 28 of Plaistow, New Hamsphire was placed into custody and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process. Foster is expected to be arraigned in Haverhill District Court sometime today for Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.

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