On December 18, 2019 at approximately 6PM Transit Police officers assigned to the Central District received a radio call to respond to the MBTA's Downtown Crossing Chauncy Street entrance for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival officers observed a male, later identified as Lance Tinder ,29, of Everett. Tinder was blocking the entrance so passengers could not enter. Officers inquired of Tinder why he was blocking the entrance. Tinder responded he had a right to protest and wanted MBTA riders to enter for free. For several minutes officers attempted to reason with Tinder and request he move along or vacate the area. Tinder refused to leave, utilize MBTA services or remove himself from blocking the entrance. Officers attempted to placed Tinder into custody, Tinder resisted their efforts however officers were ultimately able to place him into custody. Tinder was transported to TPD HQ for the arrest booking process. During this process it was discovered there was a warrant in existence for Tinder's arrest issued out of Boston Municipal Court for Larceny from the Person.
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