An Arlington man was charged after he allegedly assaulted two women and attempted to steal one of their cellphones on an Orange Line train Monday night, authorities said.
Richard Botelho, 43, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in South Boston District Court Tuesday to charges of unarmed assault with intent to rob, resisting arrest, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.
Transit police said in a statement that they responded to a report of an assault in progress at the MBTA Haymarket station at 8:45 p.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered a male passenger restraining a “combative” Botelho on the station’s platform, Transit police said.
No injuries were reported.
The two female victims told police that Botelho began to “verbally berate them with insults” while they were riding the train. Both said they asked Botelho to leave them alone before moving to another section of the train.
Botelho allegedly followed them and attempted to grab one of the victim’s phones from her hands. A struggle ensued, during which Botelho allegedly spat on both victims and swung “his fists wildly.”
When the train entered Haymarket Station, a male passenger intervened, restraining Botelho until officers arrived.
During his arraignment, Botelho was held on $2,000 cash bail. His open bail on a charge of operating after suspension was revoked, said a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.
He is to return to court April 9, said the spokeswoman.