Transit Police report arresting three of six or seven teens they say threw a man against a wall and punched him repeatedly after he took offense to getting head in the head with projectiles from their Nerf guns, around 7 p.m. on Monday.
Police say the teens, all between 14 and 16, had been pointing their Nerf guns at other passengers and acting like general assholes when a 66-year-old man entered through the Orange Line fare gates and they decided to pump him with their Nerf projectiles, hitting him in the head.
The victim exchanged words with the group. The group of juveniles then physically attacked the 66 year old punching him and throwing him against the wall while they continued their vicious assault. After the cowardly assault the group fled and entered into a southbound Red Line train. The victim sustained injuries about his head requiring EMS to transport him to a local area hospital for emergency treatment.
Police say officers caught up with the teens outside JFK/UMass - where they were also "causing a ruckus."
Based on witness statements/descriptions as well as video surveillance review officers placed 3 male juveniles into custody for Assault & Battery w/a Dangerous Weapon on a Victim Over 60 years of age.
Police add detectives are now investigating whether the wayward youths were involved in other attacks on the T earlier, at both Downtown Crossing and other stations. In those cases, people were physically attacked, and not with Nerf guns, police say.