Brookline police are investigating an assault of a woman and the attempted robbery of her scooter. Police are not identifying the victim, but former Olympic swimmer Jenny Thompson told WBZ-TV that she was the target of the assault on Monday night.
Brookline police Lieutenant Philip Harrington said the victim was traveling on a scooter in the area of Harvard and Verndale streets shortly before 10 p.m. when a dark colored vehicle, possibly a Toyota Corolla, pulled up behind her with its headlights out. Harrington said two males exited the car and the victim told them the lights were out.
One of the assailants said, "Your lights are out" and punched her in the face, Harrington said.
The assailants attempted to steal the scooter before fleeing on foot. Harrington said the victim suffered facial injuries but did not go to a hospital.
Shortly after the incident, police arrested 18-year-old Luis Santos, of Dorchester, and two juveniles on suspicion of stealing a different scooter, which an officer saw traveling the wrong way at a high rate of speed down Beacon Street, Harrington said. He added that the three have not been tied to the earlier assault. "But that's under investigation," he said.
Thompson, who won 12 medals in four Olympic games, according to the website Sports Reference, could not immediately be reached for comment.