Cambridge woman, 49, charged with spitting at and pulling knife on fellow Red Line passenger

A Cambridge woman is facing charges for spitting on and allegedly assaulting a man with a knife on the MBTA Red Line Thursday, Transit Police said.

While traveling on an outbound Red Line train approaching Central Square MBTA Station, a male patron asked a woman to not speak so loudly on her cellphone, police said. Police allege the woman responded by assaulting the man with a knife and spitting on him.

Transit Police posted a photograph of the woman on their website, and tips from the public led to the woman’s arrest, police said.

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Kelly Madden, 49, of Cambridge was arrested this morning and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, in addition to assault and battery.

Police said Madden is expected to be arraigned at Cambridge District Court today. Further information on her arraignment was not immediately available.