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South Boston woman arrested on charges of spitting in face of disabled woman

A South Boston woman was arrested by Transit Police for allegedly spitting in the face of a disabled person and then physically assaulting the person in Harvard Square last Wednesday.

Joanna Drafahl, 20, is charged with assault and battery on a disabled person, Transit Police wrote in a posting.

According to police, the encounter between Drafahl and the disabled person took place around 11:15 a.m. on July 31. Police posted a photo of the suspect on tpdnews411.com and asked for the public’s help in identifying her. Police said Drafahl was identified as the suspect “as a direct result of tips from our riding public.”

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John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.