A Lynn man was arraigned today at Boston Municipal Court on charges that he punched an MBTA Green Line inspector while spewing racial slurs in an ugly confrontation at Copley Station earlier this month.
Daniel Jourdet, 52, was charged with assault and battery, violation of civil rights, disorderly conduct, and trespassing, in the April 1 attack, the Suffolk district attorney's office said. He was held on $10,000 cash bail.
Because Jourdet had open cases in East Boston District Court and convictions in at least three other states, Assistant District Attorney Kate Clayman recommended that bail be set at $50,000 cash. Judge Mark Hart Summerville set bail for the lower amount, but ordered that the victimís personal information be protected and ordered Jourdet to stay away from him.
MBTA Transit Police arrested Jourdet on a warrant Wednesday after police identified him from civilian and surveillance camera footage of the incident. Authorities declined to release the surveillance camera footage, but a video posted on the Internet, apparently taken by a civilian, showed the confrontation.
The victim and a female inspector had watched Jourdet as he and another man intimidated other passengers on the platform and appeared to be intoxicated that evening near the fare gates on the Copley Station inbound platform, prosecutors said in a statement.
After the inspector asked Jourdet and the other man to stop or leave the station, Jourdet spewed insults referring to the victimís ethnicity and the female inspectorís gender, then punched the victim before leaving. The victim lost his footing as his hat fell to the ground, prosecutors said.
Jourdet is due back in court May 21.
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