A Weymouth man was arrested after he allegedly used a beer bottle to attack a man traveling with his wife and 2-year-old daughter on a northbound Red Line train Sunday night.
Transit Police arrested Joseph Pacheco, 43, at Broadway Station in South Boston on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon and an outstanding warrant on a shoplifting charge.
They are searching for a woman who allegedly assaulted the man’s wife, Transit Police said.
The couple told Transit Police that when they boarded the train at Wollaston Station in Quincy, they noticed Pacheco arguing loudly with his alleged accomplice.
Twice during the train ride, Pacheco asked the male victim for a cigarette, and the man declined, the statement said.
The second time Pacheco asked for a cigarette, he was leaning over the stroller carrying the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, police said. When the mother asked Pacheco to move away from her daughter, Pacheco’s female companion began assaulting her, the statement said.
When the male victim intervened, Pacheco began assaulting him, according to Transit Police. At that time, the train pulled into Broadway Station and the mother and daughter exited the train unharmed, the statement said.
Pacheco and his companion continued to assault the man, and Pacheco allegedly began wielding a 40-ounce beer bottle, though he failed to strike the man with it, Transit Police said.
When Transit Police arrived at the station, the female companion had left the area and could not be found, but Pacheco was placed in custody.
Transit Police Superintendent Joseph O’Connor said there was no indication that any other passengers on the train became involved in the altercation. He added that the female victim did the right thing by calling Transit Police as soon as the assault began.
“Any time that anyone sees any type of disorder or altercation they should remove themselves from the area and contact us immediately,” O’Connor said.
The event was “especially concerning,” he said, because a child was involved and Pacheco has had several run-ins with law enforcement before.
Pacheco pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday in South Boston District Court. He was held without bail on the outstanding arrest warrant and on $10,000 cash bail in the assault on the train.Todd Feathers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @ToddFeathers.