Monday, May 16, 2016

Belmont man punches out MBTA bus window

Jason Santos
On May 15, 2016 at approximately 2:40PM Transit Police officers assigned to the South District received a radio call to respond to 230 Western Ave in Allston for a report of an assault on an MBTA bus operator. Upon arrival officers observed a male, later identified as Jason Santos, 36, of Belmont bleeding from his knuckles. Officers then ascertained the following;  a Route 86 MBTA bus while traveling in the vicinity of 300 Western Ave was passed by Santos who was operating a Toyota Scion.  Shortly thereafter when the bus operator attempted to pull into the bus stop in the vicinity of 230 Western Ave he was prevented from doing so by Santos' vehicle who was blocking the bus stop. The MBTA bus operator was forced to stop in the middle street to allow passengers to disembark which caused delays for vehicles behind the bus. At this time Santos' got out of his vehicle and approached the driver side of the MBTA bus and violently punched the window forcing it to shatter with shards of glass hitting the bus operator in his face and torso area. The MBTA bus operator was treated for possible shards of glass in his eyes by Boston EMS.

Santos claimed the bus operator cut him off and he was simply going to remind him to "use his mirrors" next time. Santos was placed into custody for Malicious Destruction of Property and Assault & Battery on a Public Employee and transported to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process.

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