On May 20, 2017 at approximately 11:47pm Transit Police officers responded to the area of 795 Fenton Street in Lynn for a report of an MBTA bus operator who was assaulted. Preliminary information suggests a male offender, 53 years of age with a residence in Lynn, MA., while traveling on an MBTA Route 426 bus attacked the bus operator without provocation. The operator, a female, sustained approximately 2 NON life threatening stab wounds to her back. The victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.
Passengers on board the bus intervened and prevented further assault and detained the suspect until police arrived. The male was taken into custody for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.
Transit Police Superintendent Sullivan stated " we are extremely grateful to the passengers who interjected themselves to stop the assailant and prevent further harm to our fellow employee. We are equally grateful to the our partners at the Lynn Police Department who responded expeditiously to take control from the passengers detaining the suspect. Attacks such as this on MBTA employees are unconscionable and will be steadfastly pursued by Transit Police at every phase".
Transit Police detectives are currently investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.
GUSTAVO MERIDA, 53, of Lynn will be arraigned this Moring in Lynn District Court.
media inquiries should be directed to Superintendent Richard Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org