Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Boston man wanted more then just a cigarette

On July 2, 2019 at approximately 2AM Transit Police officers assigned to the North District received a radio call to respond to the MBTA's Wonderland Station for a report of an attempted robbery. Upon arrival officers were met by a male victim who relayed the following: Victim was approached by a male, later identified as Mario Porrata, 37, of Roxbury. Porrata asked the victim for a cigarette. The victim informed Porrata he did not have any cigarettes but had plans to purchase some soon. At this point Porrata stated " How about I just rob you instead ". Porrata motioned as if he was armed with a weapon. The victim fled out of fear and was chased by Porrata. The victim called 911 and Porrata gave up on his foot pursuit of the victim.

Revere Police, based on a description, stopped Porrata in close proximity to the incident. The victim positively id'd Porrata as his assailant. Porrata was placed into custody for  Armed Assault with Intent to Rob and transported to TPD HQ for the arrest booking process.

media inquiries should be directed to Superintendent Richard Sullivan at rsullivan@mbta.com