BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A 59-year-old Saugus man was arrested Tuesday for choking an MBTA bus driver on May 8, Transit Police said.
Transit Police said an MBTA bus driver was driving a route 426 bus, which had originated from the Haymarket MBTA station, when the driver pulled over on Lincoln Avenue in Saugus to let passengers off the bus.
Investigators allege a male passenger was exiting the bus when he began insulting the driver; however, the bus driver was confused as to what made the man so angry. When asked if he was going to exit the bus, the man allegedly continued to stare intently at the bus driver, police said.
According to police, the bus driver closed the door and attempted to continue his route, but the male began shouting and asked the operator to open the doors. The driver complied and the male exited, but not before placing his hands around the driver's throat and choking him.
Another male passenger who witnessed the attack allegedly intervened and brought the suspect to the floor. The suspect then fled the area.
Following an investigation, Transit Police detectives identified Franco Contino as the suspect and arrested him at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the MBTA Haymarket Station.
Contino is charged with interfering with public transportation and assault and battery on a public employee. He is expected to be arraigned in Lynn District Court Wednesday.
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