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Two charged in racial attack on MBTA worker at Downtown Crossing - Metro US

Two charged in racial attack on MBTA worker at Downtown Crossing

A local homeless couple was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Monday on civil rights and assault charges after they allegedly attacked an MBTA worker at Downtown Crossing Station.

Robert Snyder, 45, and Shayla Watts, 28, who are both white, allegedly used racial epithets after attacking the MBTA supervisor, who is black, at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police claim Snyder and Watts were drunk at Downtown Crossing station when the victim attempted to escort them outside. That’s when Snyder allegedly “sucker punched” him, and Watts pulled out his hair.

The bloodied worker was hospitalized.

Snyder allegedly told investigators that he was thrown down the stairs “by some black guy.” Watts allegedly said “some black girl with attitude” told them to leave, then said the “[expletive] on the stairs slammed the gate on us.”

Witts allegedly used racial epithets several times during an interview with investigators.

Both will be held without bail on probation violations.

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