On August 23, 2022 at approximately 4:30PM Transit Police officers assigned to the Central District received a radio call to respond to the corner of Massachusetts Ave and Boylston Street for an assault in progress onboard an MBTA bus. Upon arrival officers were met by the victim who relayed the following: while travelling on an MBTA bus the victim was having a conversation on her cell phone. During this time the victim alleged another female, later identified as Shauntay Simmons, 37, of Boston was consuming alcohol and being very loud. The victim, unable to continue her conversation due to Simmons' conduct, told her to "Shut up". Simmons took exception to this and proceeded to strike the victim in the face and slammed her head into the buses' window a few times. The victim suffered abrasions and swelling about her face. It was alleged Simmons fled when the bus pulled over.
Officers received a detailed description of Simmons and conducted an area search locating her on Massachusetts Avenue. The victim positively identified Simmons as her assailant and Simmons was placed into custody and transported to TPD HQ for the arrest booking process.