A 67-year-old legally blind man was robbed Tuesday afternoon of the $4.47 in change he had earned from singing at a Boston subway station, but MBTA Transit Police quickly made an arrest in the case.
At around 4 p.m., a transit police officer responded to the Arlington Street Station to speak with the victim. The blind man said that because of his disability, he did not see what happened, but he felt the paper cup he used to collect coins being ripped from his hand, according to an MBTA Transit Police report.
A customer service agent at the station said she saw the male suspect, later identified as Ledonte Fisher, 35, of Boston seize the cup, empty the money into his pockets, and then flee down the inbound platform and board a train, the report said.
Transit police boarded the train at Boylston Station, located the suspect, and asked him to step off the train. Police allegedly recovered the stolen change. As they walked out of the fare gates, the suspect allegedly became disorderly and was arrested, the report said.
Fisher was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of unarmed robbery of a person over 60, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, the Suffolk district attorney's office said.
Judge Sally Kelly ordered him held on $5,000 cash bail. She also revoked his open bail on an unrelated case. He is slated to return to court on May 26.
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