Arlington man arrested for allegedly harassing, spitting at women on MBTA
An Arlington man was arrested Monday night at Haymarket MBTA Station for allegedly assaulting two women on the Orange Line.
Richard Botelho, 43, is accused of first verbally berating the women with insults, Transit Police said. The women moved to another section of the train, but Botelho’s alleged harassment continued.
According to police, Botelho forcefully grabbed a cell phone from one of the women, then spit on both women as they tried to get it back, “swinging his fists wildly.”
A man intervened and subdued Botelho, holding him on a T platform until police arrived. He was allegedly combative towards officers. He is due to appear in court today to face a charge of assault to rob unarmed and assault and battery, police said.