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Man subdued as he tried to storm Boston mayor’s office

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh (right) spoke with reporters inside his office in September 2014. A man tried to storm Walsh’s office on April 15, while the mayor was conducting a meeting, but was subdued by a City Hall employee.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh (right) spoke with reporters inside his office in September 2014. A man tried to storm Walsh’s office on April 15, while the mayor was conducting a meeting, but was subdued by a City Hall employee.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/File

A City Hall employee helped subdue a 300-pound man who tried to storm Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office suite while the mayor was inside attending a meeting, authorities said, confirming an episode from last month that is only now coming to light.

The man rushed behind the receptionist’s desk outside the mayor’s office and reached the door leading to the offices of Walsh and his key advisers before being stopped, city authorities said.

Laura Oggeri, the mayor’s press secretary, said the incident happened April 15. In response to a question about why the city had not disclosed the incident — which involved a city worker being shoved — Oggeri said, “We do not release specifics about security for the mayor or City Hall.”

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Oggeri also declined to address how the administration is ensuring safety inside and outside of the mayor’s office.

“The mayor is regularly accompanied by a security detail, who handled this incident without issue, and we are confident in his safety,’’ Oggeri said in an e-mail.

The mayor’s office is nestled beyond a bank of elevators at a spacious end of the fifth floor of City Hall. The waiting area has been the site of recent protests. In the lobby, a receptionist answers phones and guides visitors. A City Hall security officer is usually posted behind the receptionist, at the door leading to the mayor’s office suite.

It is unclear if a security officer was involved in last month’s incident.

Police responded to the incident about 4 p.m. April 15, when a man, identified as Patrick Quinn, 52, entered the waiting area outside the mayor’s office and began yelling, according to a police report.

A woman on the mayor’s staff spoke to Quinn, who authorities said is homeless and appeared emotionally disturbed. The mayoral staff member told Quinn his case was being assigned and someone would come out to speak to him, authorities said. Not much else is known about Quinn, the case, or what Quinn was allegedly demanding.

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The police report said he shouted and swore at the female worker.

“I don’t give a [expletive],’’ Quinn allegedly yelled, according to the document. “I don’t care.”

He then charged the female worker, running directly into her and using his stomach to push her backward about 5 feet, police said.

The woman said she was scared and put her arms up to defend herself. The report said two employees in the mayor’s office rushed to her aid. One was able to bring the suspect to the ground, where he was held until two members of the mayor’s security detail placed him into custody, the police document said.

Quinn was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and battery.

He could not be reached for comment.

Oggeri would not release the names or titles of the Walsh staff members involved in the incident.

“They do not wish to be identified, and we ask that their privacy is respected,’’ Oggeri said.

Oggeri said no similar incidents have been reported.


Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeghanIrons.