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Police seek identities of alleged Broadway station attackers

Transit Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying six people who participated in an attack on a man and two women inside a Red Line train at the MBTA’s Broadway Station in South Boston on Sunday night.

The male victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was released. Both female victims were treated at the scene, according to MBTA Transit Police Superintendent-in-Chief Joseph O’Connor.

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In video footage taken by a passenger, multiple people are seen attacking the victims inside the Red Line train at about 9 p.m. Sunday. One of the victims, the man, is shown being pushed against the train doors and then thrown to the floor while being repeatedly kicked and punched by multiple people.

The attackers are shown walking away from the scene as the male victim is pulled into a sitting position by another passenger.

The attack occurred after the male victim got involved in a verbal argument with the group, and the two female victims intervened to defend him, O’Connor said.

“We’re not sure yet what the initial words were that started the incident,” O’Connor said Tuesday in a telephone interview.

“However, there’s nothing that could be said to justify the assault that took place on these victims.”

A video of the incident and surveillance camera images of some of the suspects has been posted to the Transit Police blog.

Detectives have not found any evidence to indicate the incident was a bias crime, O’Connor said.

The six suspects will face assault and battery charges when they are apprehended. The attacker shown kicking the victim could face additional charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a shod foot, according to O’Connor.

The suspects are described as two women between 18 and 25 years of age, three men ranging in age from 30 to 50 years old and a fourth male who appeared to be between 15 and 20 years old, Transit Police said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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