Transit Police report arresting one of three people they say waited until a Blue Line train came into Government Center to rob and punch a jewelry vendor there, then jumped on the train to flee, late Saturday night.
Police say two men and a woman approached the jewelry vendor, who has an MBTA permit for her jewelry pushcart, around 11:45 p.m. The men began trying on jewelry and snapping photos of each other, at least until an outbound train came into the station:
The 2 males still wearing the necklaces around their necks began to walk away and were about to board the train without paying for the necklaces. At this time the vendor/victim attempted to prevent them from doing so when the female in the group began to, with a closed fist, strike the victim in the face several times. The trio was able to make good their escape and did not pay for the jewelry.
Police distributed surveillance photos. Around 12:50 p.m. yesterday, a Transit officer working a detail at an Orange Line shuttle-bus stop at Government Center noticed one of the three - Brandon Frazier, 35 - and arrested him on a charge of unarmed robbery.