MBTA Transit Police officers took eight people into custody related to Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston and “intercepted” dozens more consuming alcohol on the T, according to a release.
Among those apprehended were two teens who allegedly caused more than $7,000 in damage by punching out overhead lights on a commuter rail train, and two men who allegedly violently cut the line to board a Providence-bound train at South Station.
Read the entire summary of incidents below (which has been lightly edited for clarity):
11 a.m.: TPD officers, while riding on a Forge Park train to monitor the large crowd en route to the parade, observed the following individuals intentionally punching out overhead lights onboard causing over $7,000 worth of damage: a 17-year-old female juvenile from North Attleborough and Brendan McHugh, 18, of Attleboro Falls. Officers had the train stopped at Norwood Depot and placed both subjects into custody for malicious destruction to property.
3:30 p.m.: While TPD officers were speaking with an intoxicated male at Broadway Station, a 23-year-old male, later identified as George Sawchuck of Cumberland Center, Maine, climbed over a barricade and closed fisted struck the other male in the face and then fled. TPD officers pursued Sawchuck and apprehended him.
4:15 p.m.: While parade-goers were boarding a Providence train at South Station, officers’ attention was drawn to two males, later identified as Othane Chabane, 20, of Bristol, Rhode Island, and Evan Thornton, 20, of Swansea, violently pushing through the crowd so they could cut the line and enter the train. Officers intercepted the duo. Chabane and Thorton immediately referred to one of our officers, a female, as a word that begins with a B and a word that begins with a C and forcefully pushed her aside. The officer stood her ground and was assisted by additional TPD officers. Both subjects were placed into custody.
5 p.m.: Officers observed another impatient parade-goer, later identified as Alexander Simolari, 20, of Franklin, forcefully pushing his way through the crowd at South Station. While officers were attempting to catch up to Simolari, he drove his shoulder into another male, later identified as Ian Hikel, 23, of Clinton, knocking him to the side. The two exchanged words. Hikel charged and tackled Simolari to the ground, and the two began fighting one another. Officers separated the combatants and placed both into custody.
TPD officers also intercepted dozens of parade-goers who chose to ignore the warning relative to consuming alcohol while on the MBTA.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.