A Malden man is facing charges that he robbed another man on a subway platform in Boston and got into a scuffle that sent both men tumbling onto the tracks, authorities said.
Joseph McCloskey, 40, reached into the jacket pocket of a 32-year-old Arlington man Thursday morning while the man was trying to buy roasted peanuts at a vendor stand on the Orange Line platform in Downtown Crossing, according to an MBTA Transit Police report. McCloskey made off with $200, the report said. But the robbery victim gave chase.
McCloskey "suddenly turned around and threw a punch" at the victim's face, authorities said, and pushed him into the pit before falling into the track area himself. Train service was suspended and power to the third rail was shut down, the report said.
McCloskey suffered minor cuts and bruises, and the victim was also injured, the report said. Both men refused medical treatment at the scene, authorities said.
The office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said McCloskey was arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court on charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery, and obstructing a railway track. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and he was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail. He is due back in court on Jan. 19.
McCloskey's attorney at arraignment, John Russell of Boston, did not immediately return a call today.
Conley's office said prosecutors requested $25,000 bail because McCloskey has a history of "violent offenses" in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Conley spokesman Jake Wark said there was no further information on McCloskey's criminal record available today.
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