On December 31, 2019 at approximately 5:45PM Transit Police MOP Unit officers were on patrol at the MBTA's Back Bay station. While there they were notified the incoming Oak Grove bound train had two males on board who were harassing and intimidating other passengers. Officers immediately made their way to the platform and awaited its arrival. As the train pulled into the station and the doors opened two males, later identified as Tobias Chance, 19, of East Boston and Raashan Severino, 18, of Boston exited and began to scream "Number 1" multiple times and pointing at the officers. At this time a male victim, over 60 years of age, exited the train and informed the officers Chance and Severino were bullying other passengers and Chance physically assaulted him while on board and prevented him from calling police. Upon seeing the victim speak with officers Chance and Severino fled.
The dedicated TPD officers gave chase and were able to stop both subjects. Ultimately Chance was placed into custody for Assault & Battery on an Elderly Person and Intimidation of a Witness. Chance was also in possession of a replica firearm. Severino was placed into custody for Possession of a Class B Narcotics. Both Chance and Severino were transported to TPD HQ for the arrest booking process.
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