Crime

MBTA contract bus driver accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting passenger

“To state the obvious: A woman should be able to ride a public bus without fear of kidnap and sexual assault."

A bus driver contracted with the MBTA is accused of allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman who was a passenger on the bus he was operating last Saturday night.

Ali Ennab, 45, of Revere, is being charged with kidnapping, assault to rape, and indecent assault and battery. He was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday, and bail was set at $10,000 cash with conditions, including home confinement. He also had bail revoked on a separate assault and battery case from Malden, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office in a press release.

The victim was reportedly aboard the 713 bus from Orient Heights to Winthrop when the assault allegedly occurred, and was caught on a surveillance camera.

Around 7:20 p.m., the victim, who doesn’t speak English, was on her phone and missed her stop. She approached the driver, and used a translation app to ask to be returned to Orient Heights.

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“Instead, he stopped the bus at a stop near the beach in Winthrop, and the victim began to feel nervous because she was the only passenger,” the release said.

Ennab then allegedly turned off the bus, and sat next to her, putting his arm around her.

“He then pulled her closer to him and kissed her cheek,” the release said. “The defendant told the woman he could get her a green card. She responded that she has a husband and doesn’t need a green card, then again asked him to open the doors because she wanted to get off the bus.”

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He then allegedly exchanged numbers with her “in case something happened to her,” started eating his dinner, and failed to open the bus doors so she could leave.

When he finished his dinner, the driver allegedly started the bus, but when the victim began walking toward the door, he shut it off again.

He then allegedly began kissing her face, and sexually assaulting her. She pleaded with him to stop, in Spanish, and he allegedly replied, “Me, I’m boyfriend for you, it’s okay.” The victim audio recorded the incident with her phone.

Another woman walked past the bus, and Ennab then allegedly opened the doors to let the victim out.

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“To state the obvious: A woman should be able to ride a public bus without fear of kidnap and sexual assault,” Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in the release. “Women, just like all people, have the right to not be harassed, violated, harmed, or objectified.”

The driver, who was contracted with the MBTA, was employed by Paul Revere Transportation.

“Paul Revere was shaken to learn about the allegations against an on-duty operator that were reported on Saturday, April 24th,” the company said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the alleged victim in this matter.

“While we are prohibited from commenting directly about underlying allegations, Paul Revere maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding any alleged criminal activity by any employee. In addition to suspending the employee, the company immediately assisted the MBTA Transit Police Department with detention and arrest of the suspect. Paul Revere will continue to cooperate fully with authorities on all matters related to the ongoing investigation.”

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