Two charged in assault on cab driver at Wonderland Station

On Tuesday, Nov. 20 at approximately 1:30 AM, Transit Police officers along with Revere Police officers received a radio call to respond to Wonderland MBTA station for a report of an affray in progress.

According to the MBTA police blog, upon arrival officers observed multiple individuals, some sporting injuries, who appeared to have been engaged in conflict. Officers calmed the situation and separated subjects involved. Witnesses and victims present informed the officers of the following: two males later identified as Ivan Hernandez, 22 of Dorchester and Jevaun Jacques, 21 of Mattapan approached an MBTA employee claiming to be T employees and demanded a ride. The MBTA employee refused, in response Hernandez and Jacques kicked the real MBTA employee’s vehicle. Hernandez and Jacques then approached a cab driver parked within the cab stand at Wonderland station and requested to be driven to Blue Hill Avenue for “twenty dollars”. The cab driver refused and explained the fare to Blue Hill Avenue would be $50 dollars. At this time Jacques allegedly began to punch the cab driver about the head and face with a closed fist through the open window causing a laceration to the victim’s forehead.

A fellow cab driver witnessing the brutal attack came to the victim’s aid and attempted to pull Jacques away from him. As he was attempting to pull Jacques away from the victim/fellow cab driver Hernandez set upon him punching him in the head, it was at this time Jacques bit him on the hand puncturing the skin. Jacques and Hernandez then threw the second victim to the ground and proceeded to punch and kick him. Several other cab drivers witnessing the assault came to his aid and were able to cease the assault until police arrived.

While placing Jacques into the arrest transport vehicle he kicked a Transit Police officer, striking him in the hip area. Jacques will be additionally charged with assault & battery on a police officer.

Hernandez was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on Tuesday morning on one count each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a shod foot), assault and battery on a person 60 or older, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60, and disorderly conduct.  Jacques was arraigned on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a shod foot) and one count each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person 60 or older and aggravated assault and battery.  Prosecutors recommended $5,000 cash bail for both men along with orders to stay away from the victims, witnesses, and Wonderland station.  Judge Debra Shopteese imposed $1,000 bail for Hernandez and $2,500 bail for Jacques.  The defendants are represented by attorneys Bruce Linson and Michael Capone, respectively. Next date is Dec. 14.