Police: Somerville man assaults MBTA worker at Alewife station

The female employee was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

A Somerville man was arrested early Monday morning after police say he “violently attacked” a female MBTA employee at Alewife station.

Charles Mills.

MBTA Transit Police said Charles Mills was arrested around 5:20 a.m. after officers responded to the Red Line station for a report of an MBTA worker being assaulted.

Police said witnesses at the scene told the officers Mills was seated on a bench at the station, “screaming profanities regarding holding the train,” when he got up suddenly and began attacking the employee who had been walking by. Mills allegedly threw the woman to the ground and continued to assault her “while straddling her,” police said.

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The worker was eventually able to break free and get up, but Mills then began to punch her until several other MBTA employees came to help her and attempted to restrain the 29-year-old, the department said. Mills was placed into custody after a “brief struggle” with the arriving officers, according to police.

The woman was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Arraignment information and the specific charges Mills is facing was not immediately available.