A 71-year-old woman was the victim of a physical and intimidating attack on a Boston-area train after she asked a fellow passenger to move her personal belongings off an otherwise vacant train seat.
According to WBZ-TV, the incident occurred during a recent afternoon commute.
What are the details?
The victim, who would identify herself only as Linda, said that she asked a fellow passenger to remove a pocketbook from an empty seat in order to sit down.
The suspect, 23-year-old Jada Campbell, responded by allegedly calling Linda an “ugly white person” and hitting and tripping her.
“It had been a long week,” Linda explained. “I said, ‘Excuse me’ three times, then I got into her face and asked her to move her bag and she said, ‘No, I don’t want anyone sitting next to me.'”
What happened next shocked Linda.
“You’re an ugly white person,” Campbell reportedly told Linda. Campbell reportedly went on to strike the woman on her back, and intentionally tripped her while she was on the train.
Linda said that she obviously felt threatened and got off at an early stop in response.
Campbell reportedly followed Linda.
“[Campbell] was abusive, ranting and raving, ‘I’m going to take you down and have it out,'” Linda said.
Two other passengers reportedly followed Linda off the train in an apparent effort to defend the older woman.
“I had two good Samaritans come off with me and they were protective,” Linda said. “Campbell] came up and said, ‘Let’s have it out here and now,’ took off her earrings, and threw stuff down.”
When police arrived on the scene, Campbell reportedly resisted arrest, and told witnesses, “If I see you on the streets, I’ll murder you.”
Police charged Campbell with charged with assault, witness intimidation, and disorderly conduct.
“We were all shaking afterward,” Linda said. “She was such a force.”