On March 30, 2014 at approximately 7:51 pm Transit Police officers working in Area 1 received a radio call to respond to Downtown Crossing MBTA station (Orange Line southbound platform) for an assault in progress. Upon arrival officers observed a male, later identified as Eric Schell
, 49 of Boston, causing a disturbance inside the train. Officers approached Schell and requested he step out of the train so they could ascertain what his issue was. Schell refused and continued his tumultuous behavior using expletives and causing others to move away from him out of fear. The officers requested a second time and Schell ignored their requests yet again. Ultimately Schell stepped off the train, however his disruptive behavior continued and he began to scream derogatory names directed at a female patron. At this time Schell was taken into custody for Disorderly Conduct. As Schell was being escorted to a Transit Police cruiser he continued his tirade.
Officers spoke with the female patron, who was on the receiving end of Schell's rant, she stated the following: as she entered through the fare gates she noticed Schell had "piggybacked" in behind her. Before she was completely through the gates Schell was pushing her from behind and shouting "Hurry Up". (the patron had never met nor had a prior relationship with Schell preceding the incident).
It is expected Schell will be arraigned sometime today in Boston Municipal Court-Central Division for Disorderly Conduct.
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