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Pittsburgh-area man arrested after Bruins win

Transit Police arrested a Pittsburgh-area man they said assaulted another man outside Sullivan Square station in Charlestown Friday night, Transit Police said in a statement.

As hockey fans left the Orange Line station after the Boston Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup finals with a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, riders told officers a man was assaulting another man outside.

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Police said they saw Ryan Baessler, 29, of Carnegie, Pa. -- about 6 miles outside Pittsburgh -- grab a man’s neck and threaten him, screaming.

Baessler tried to kick and spit at officers who pulled him away from the man, police said.

Officers charged Baessler with disorderly conduct. The man he allegedly assaulted left the station before police could question him.

“It would be irresponsible of us to speculate on the motive for the assault without having the benefit of interviewing the victim,” Transit Police Lieutenant Detective Richard Sullivan said in an email. “Based on the timing, Baessler’s residence and location of incident I’m certain one could draw a reasonable inference.”

Baessler is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Charlestown District Court.

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