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Dorchester woman allegedly tried to punch Transit officer

A Dorchester woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly attempted to punch an MBTA Transit Police officer in the face and ended up hitting a passenger, while aboard an MBTA Silver Line bus Thursday night, officials said.

Carmen Torres, 47, is to be arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court, Transit Police said in a statement.

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Transit Police responded to a report of an assault in progress on a bus stopped at the Temple Place Station in Boston at 11:35 p.m., police said. Upon arrival, a male passenger told officers that Torres, who appeared to be intoxicated, had attempted to punch him in the shoulder when he walked away from her as she was talking.

Officers tried to interview Torres, but she was “not interested in discussing the matter,” police said, and tried to strike one of the officers in the face. The officer dodged her fist, which sank into the male passenger’s face instead, police said.

Torres was arrested, and it was discovered she already had two outstanding arrest warrants. The first was from Boston Municipal Court for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct, and assault and battery on ambulance personnel. Her second warrant was from South Boston District Court for disorderly conduct, police said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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