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DA: Man Allegedly Yelled Anti-Muslim Slurs At Woman On The Orange Line

An MBTA Orange Line train pulls into Community College station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
An MBTA Orange Line train pulls into Community College station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A 34-year-old faces charges that he violated the civil rights of a woman riding the MBTA's Orange Line after he allegedly yelled anti-Muslim slurs at her and struck her with an umbrella.

The Suffolk County district attorney's office said in a press release that on Monday night Sean Devlin allegedly shouted the slurs at a 61-year-old woman who was wearing a headscarf, and made "false accusations about her having a bomb that would 'kill us all.' "

According to the DA's office, the victim and a witness told police that Devlin hit the woman in the back with an umbrella. He then allegedly kicked and punched a window on the Orange Line car until it shattered.

Devlin, who listed an address in North Reading and a Boston substance use treatment facility, was arrested at North Station by MBTA Transit Police, who found three small bottles of alcohol in his pockets.

Devlin was arraigned Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court. A judge set bail at $10,000.

"Behavior like this is inexcusable," Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley said in a statement. "I want to commend the MBTA passengers, personnel, and others who reported and responded to it. There’s no place for hate in Boston or Suffolk County."

The press release also mentioned the alleged recent assault of popular street performer Keytar Bear.

On Monday, three New Hampshire teens were arraigned in Boston for allegedly beating the performer while shouting racial epithets. The teenagers are due back in court next month, and Suffolk County prosecutors are pursuing civil rights charges against them as well.

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