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Woman in her 60s is kidnapped from Quincy MBTA station, raped, and left in Brockton, police say

Christian M. Lynch was arraigned in Quincy District Court on Monday on charges of rape, kidnapping, strangulation, and assault and battery.NBC 10 Boston

A woman in her 60s was kidnapped from the MBTA’s Wollaston Red Line station in Quincy early Saturday and subjected to hours of sexual abuse before being left in a mall parking lot in Brockton, where she was able to summon help from a passerby, authorities said Monday.

A 26-year-old Quincy man, Christian M. Lynch, was arraigned on multiple charges, including rape, kidnapping, strangulation, and assault and battery on a person age 60 or older. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

In Quincy District Court, prosecutors with the Norfolk district attorney’s office told Judge Mark Coven that the victim was walking to work and was at the MBTA station at about 7 a.m. Saturday when she was kidnapped off the street. She was taken to a location where she was held for the next several hours, prosecutors said.


During that time, the woman, who is Asian, was strangled and sexually assaulted, according to prosecutors and court records. In the early evening, the woman was driven to the Westgate Mall in Brockton, where her assailant left her in the parking lot. She drew the attention of a passerby who summoned authorities, officials said.

According to an MBTA Transit Police report, the same assailant tried to kidnap another Asian woman about 10 minutes earlier at the same MBTA station but was not successful. Lynch has been charged in connection with the attempted kidnapping. He has not been charged with a hate crime.

“This investigation, being led by the MBTA police, remains ongoing and if evidence to support additional criminal charges is developed, we will prosecute those charges as well,” said David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office.

Traub said Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey spoke about the incident with Philip Chong, chief executive of Quincy Asian Resources Inc., and Quincy state Representative Tackey Chan on Monday.


“I think the DA is trying to figure out what this guy was looking to do,” Chan said in an interview Monday night. “If he looks specifically for Asian women, then we have an argument for a hate crime charge, and that may still occur depending on how the facts play out.”

Chong could not be reached for comment Monday night.

Lynch was arrested Sunday after an investigation led by Transit Police along with Quincy police, officials said. According to court records, Lynch is also facing lewdness charges stemming from an October incident in which he is accused of exposing his genitals to a woman near the Nickerson Rock walking trails in Quincy.

A Transit Police report filed in the kidnapping case said surveillance video at Wollaston station captured a man placing both his arms around the woman’s torso and “forcefully” putting her in the rear passenger side of a Hyundai Genesis before driving off.

In the video, the report said, the woman can be seen “kicking her feet” in an apparent attempt to get away.

Additional video, the report continued, allegedly showed the same man earlier Saturday, at about 6:50 a.m., trying to abduct another woman outside the station.

The man, who authorities have said is Lynch, “attempted to pull the female subject backwards toward the rear, passenger side of the vehicle,” the report said, but she managed to free herself and run inside the station.


The woman who was kidnapped is a speaker of Toisanese, a Chinese dialect, and later told police through a family translator that the assailant handcuffed her wrists in front of her body and also cuffed her ankles together and pushed her to the floor in the back of his vehicle.

Then, the woman told police, the assailant punched her in the throat and body and used duct tape to cover her mouth and eyes before driving her “very far” to an unknown location, where he repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

The woman was then taken to a home, carried up a flight of stairs and into a bedroom. The woman said the assailant removed much of her clothing and continued sexually assaulting her “all day,” the report said.

“I thought I was going to die,” the woman said through a translator, according to the report.

The assailant later put the victim back in the vehicle, she told police. She said he kept her bra, cell phone, and lower dentures, and later threw her out of the car in the Brockton shopping plaza.

Lynch claimed to police that the woman had voluntarily entered his car and that the two had had consensual “rough” sex, the report said.

“Lynch didn’t believe ‘philosophically’ there was anything wrong with what he did,” the report said, adding that he also told police he was tired of viewing women’s online dating profiles and said, “This is me going out into the world getting a date.”

Lynch’s next court date is scheduled for Nov. 23.


Globe correspondents Nick Stoico and Camilo Fonseca contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated one charge against Lynch. He has been charged with attempt to commit a crime in connection with the attempted abduction, according to court records.

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