A man sprayed bear repellant in a Red Line train car, police say

He's facing a couple of related charges.

Gregory Gomes
Gregory Gomes. –MBTA Transit Police

A Dorchester man allegedly sprayed bear repellant inside a Red Line train car Tuesday evening, and now he’s facing a couple of charges.

Gregory Gomes, 34, is being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest, transit police said.

Officers responded to Andrew Square Station around 6:43 p.m. for a report of a man who may have sprayed “an irritant.” When police arrived, they found Gregory Gomes, 34, lying down on the northbound train platform, officials said.

“I accidentally blew it up,” Gomes allegedly told the officers.

He then showed them a can of bear repellant spray, police said.


A witness told police that while on the train, Gomes — for an “unknown reason” — pulled out the can and sprayed it for a few seconds, causing passengers eye discomfort. Three people were treated on scene by Boston emergency personnel after complaining of respiratory distress and eye irritation, according to authorities.

Gomes was arrested after “a brief struggle” with police, officials said.