Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man - already wanted on an assault-and-battery charge - with beating a T bus driver in Quincy yesterday after the driver asked him to mask up.
According to police, a maskless Joshua Rodriguez, 19, got on a bus at Washington and Lebanon streets shortly before 7:10 a.m.
The operator requested Rodriguez put a mask on. Rodriguez refused and as a result the operator requested he disembark from the bus. Rodriguez responded by coughing in the face of the operator and claiming he (Rodriguez) had COVID-19. Rodriguez then declared "I'm not getting off the F****** bus". Subsequently, Rodriguez picked up a chock block (an item used when the bus is in park) and assaulted the operator with it. Rodriguez then attempted to flee.
Rodriguez was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, police say, adding he also has to answer to a warrant for assault and battery out of East Boston.