A Somerville man faces arraignment today on charges he kicked two women he met on an Orange Line train, an assault he allegedly launched after shouting racial and homophobic slurs at them, according to MBTA Transit Police and Suffolk prosecutors.
Joseph Balistreri was arrested by transit police at his home in Somerville on Saturday, according to authorities. Balistreri was ordered held on $7,500 cash bail after his arrest.
He is to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court today on several charges, including violating the civil rights of the two women; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a shod foot; and two counts of assault and battery, according to transit police and prosecutors.
The women told transit police they were at the Sullivan Square station around 11 p.m. on Nov. 19 when Balistreri allegedly approached them, used the homophobic and racial slurs, and then kicked one woman in the mouth and the second woman in the chest. He spat in their faces before getting off the train, according to transit police.
The women notified transit police, who checked surveillance cameras and spotted the man they allege is Balistreri evading the fare at Orange Line station in Malden and then leaving the Sullivan Square station just before 11 p.m.
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