A teen's self-incriminating Tweet — "My hands hurts (sic) from last night" — helped Transit cops link the student to last week's vicious beating of an MBTA bus driver by a group of young thugs, a prosecutor told a judge yesterday.
Albert Kemmory Galloway Jr., 18, was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail at his Dorchester District Court arraignment after his arrest on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — a shod foot — and interfering with a bus driver.
"This was an extremely violent assault by multiple individuals against someone who was trying to do a tough job, late at night. It's a cowardly act," Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Michael Callahan told Judge Robert Baylor, noting Galloway was one of 15 teens who waved down a Route 16 bus in Dorchester at 1:20 a.m Saturday, causing its driver to think "something bad had occurred."
As the bus driver pulled over, the youths stormed the bus, attacking the driver, punching and kicking him, the prosecutor said.
"He was forced into the corner of his seat in an attempt to protect himself ... He could feel the window being forced open, and hands grabbing at him trying to pull him through the window,' Callahan said.
On Tuesday, a tipster told transit cops he overheard a teen named "A.J." talking about the attack. When police visited his house, they learned that on March 9 at 2:07 p.m. — 13 hours after the assault — he boasted on Twitter about his hands hurting, Callahan said.
Callahan said that Galloway gave a statement to police saying that the assault on the bus driver was already going on as he tried to leave the bus and was struck several times by unknown people. "He then turned around and punched the bus operator two or three times in the chest and the right shoulder before getting off the bus," the prosecutor said Galloway told cops.
Andre McGeehan, Galloway's lawyer, asked Baylor to release her client on personal recognizance, saying he has no record.
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