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Homeless Pair Charged In Attack On MBTA Worker

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A homeless couple has been charged with attacking an MBTA supervisor who had thrown them out of a subway station so it could be closed.

Police say Robert Snyder and Shayla Witts, who are both white, used racial epithets while being interviewed after the attack on the worker, who is black, at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

They are scheduled to arraigned Monday on charges including aggravated assault and battery and civil rights violations.

The T employee was escorting an intoxicated couple out of the Downtown Crossing station when the man "sucker punched" him and the woman started punching him and pulling his hair.

The employee was hospitalized.

Police say Snyder told investigators he was thrown down stairs "by some black guy," and Watts said "some black girl with attitude" told them to leave.

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