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Dorchester man arrested after allegedly using bear spray on Red Line

Gregory Gomes, 34, of Dorchester, was arrested Tuesday night, MBTA Transit Police said.
Gregory Gomes, 34, of Dorchester, was arrested Tuesday night, MBTA Transit Police said.(MBTA Transit Police)

A Dorchester man accused of releasing bear spray, a powerful form of pepper spray, on a Red Line train at Andrew Station was arraigned Wednesday in South Boston district court, officials said.

Gregory Gomes, 34, was charged with resisting arrest and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, according to the MBTA Transit Police.

His bail was set at $10,000. His open bail in two pending cases of unarmed robbery was revoked, said Renee Algarin, a spokeswoman for the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

Transit Police were called to Andrew Station at 6:43 p.m. Tuesday after Gomes allegedly sprayed “an irritant from a can,” Transit Police said in a statement.

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“Officers interviewed a witness who informed them, while sitting inside the train car, Gomes, for an unknown reason, removed a large can and dispensed its contents for a ‘few seconds.’ This caused people in close proximity to suffer discomfort about the eyes,” the statement said.

Three people were treated by Boston EMS and released at the scene for eye irritation and “respiratory distress,” police said.

Officers responding to the incident found Gomes lying down on the platform, police said.

“Officers approached Gomes, who blurted out, ‘I [accidentally] blew it up.’ At this time, Gomes revealed a bear repellent spray in his open backpack,” the statement said.


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