On May 23, 2014 at approximately 7:45PM Transit Police officers working in Area 4 received a radio call to respond to Forest Hills MBTA station, particularly the Route 39 bus berth, for a male causing a disturbance. Upon arrival officers observed a male, later identified as John Capehart
50 of Marlborough, holding a hockey stick in a threatening manner and shouting profanities at the MBTA bus operator. Capehart was also preventing others from boarding the bus. Officers attempted to calm Capehart and ascertain what his issue was, however Capehart was not interested in discussing his behavior but rather continued his tumultuous and combative actions. At one point Capehart physically assaulted one of the police officers by striking them in the chest with a closed fist. It took several officers to subdue Capehart and he was placed into custody for various Assault charges and Disorderly Conduct. Capehart was transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process.
At Transit Police HQ Capehart violently attacked the booking officer by punching him the face with a closed fist. Capehart followed the closed fisted strike by spitting in the officer's face. Capehart was subdued by several officers and will face additional assault charges.
It is expected Capehart will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court for Assault & Battery on a Police Officer and West Roxbury District Court for various Assault charges and Disorderly Conduct sometime on May 27, 2014.
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The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.