Boston man arrested for assaulting MBTA Transit Police officer

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (WHDH) - A man was arrested after he assaulted an MBTA Transit Police officer in Cambridge on Monday afternoon.

According to police, Travis Artist, 36 of Boston, entered through the fare gates without paying at Harvard Square station.

An officer approached Artist and issued him a citation for fare evasion. After receiving the citation, Artist created a disturbance and was ejected from the station.

Police said about 10 minutes later, Artist ignored his trespass notice and reentered the station.

The officer once again approached Artist to inform him that due to his earlier behavior he would have to leave the station.

Artist became verbally aggressive and refused to comply with the officer’s commands when the officer attempted to escort him out of the station.

According to police, a struggle occurred and Artist violently struck the officer in the face.

The officer was able to subdue Artist with the help of a private security guard.

The officer sustained multiple lacerations to the mouth and was struck by an uncapped needle in the arm.

Artist was taken to Transit Police headquarters and will be arraigned in Cambridge District Court on Tuesday.

Artist has been charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and trespassing.

The office was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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