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Leominster Man Allegedly Assaulted Two MBTA Workers

December 27, 2018

FITCHBURG -- An MBTA security guard and a train conductor were treated for head injuries Friday night after a Leominster man allegedly struck them during an argument, according to court documents.

Darius Vaden, 22, of 395 Mechanic St., was arraigned Christmas Eve on two charges of assault and battery with serious bodily injury and assault and battery, according to court documents.

Just after 8 p.m. on Friday, MBTA police responded to the Intermodal Center at 100 Main St. for the disturbance. Fitchburg Police had already placed Vaden in a custody and the victims were taken to UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital in Leominster before MBTA police arrived.

At the hospital, the security guard told MBTA police that he saw the train sitting in the station and wanted to check why it was delayed. He saw two train conductors arguing with the suspect and witnessed him swing at one of them, court documents say.

When the guard tried to intervene, Vaden allegedly punched him in the face, according to court documents.

The guard fell and lost consciousness for about 15 seconds, according to court documents. When he awoke, he saw the conductor and a train engineer pin Vaden down.

The injured train conductor told police that Vaden asked for a refund but wasn’t given it because he didn’t pay the fare when he boarded the train at the North Leominster station, court documents say.

Vaden allegedly punched the conductor in the face three times when he confronted him, according to court documents.

At his Monday arraignment, a judge set Vaden’s bail at $500 cash or $5,000 bond.

He was arraigned video conference because he is being detained at the MBTA Police headquarters in Boston.

Vaden’s next court date is a pretrial hearing scheduled for Jan. 22.

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