Somerville man accused of violently attacking MBTA employee

BOSTON (WHDH) - A 29-year-old Somerville man is facing assault charges after transit police say he violently attacked a female MBTA employee in Boston early Monday morning.

Charles Mills was arrested about 5:20 a.m. by transit police officers responding to a report of an MBTA employee being assaulted at Alewife Station.

When the officers arrived on the scene, they intervened and placed Mills under arrest after a brief struggle, according to transit police.

Charles Mills, of Somerville. Courtesy MBTA Transit police.

Witnesses said Mills was sitting on a bench, screaming profanities about holding the train, when he suddenly attacked a female MBTA employee who was walking past him.

After body slamming the woman onto the platform, witnesses said he assaulted her while straddling her before other employees and a Good Samaritan came to her aid.

“I noticed this guy was throwing punches at this woman,” the Good Samaritan told 7News. “She was defending herself and I just immediately engaged.”

Mills was subdued and taken to MBTA police headquarters for booking thanks to the bystander’s swift actions.

“I put a chokehold on him. We went down to the ground and basically more people were just coming in to hold him down,” the Good Samaritan added.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. She is expected to be OK.

Mills is charged with assault and battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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