MBTA Employee Tackles Armed Robber

May 20, 2011
By Parker Scheer LLP on May 20, 2011 5:38 PM |

An MBTA employee tackled an armed robbery suspect in an East Boston Blue Line station, and held him down until police could arrive and make the arrest. Surveillance video in the blue line Maverick Station captured the scene in which a MBTA inspector tackled a man who had allegedly taken a woman's purse. The inspector, Ira Lawrence, was at his usual booth when he witnessed the crime and ran after the offender.

Lawrence said that, "the lady was facing toward the platform waiting for the train and he was standing behind her about 15 feet away, and as the train came in he walked up and went over and grabbed the purse. I ran after him and tackled him to the ground and called for the police." Lawrence, who is 6 foot 4 and weighs 280 pounds, held the suspect for 5 or 10 minutes until police arrived.

Boston police reported the suspect is Sean Snellman,32, and was accompanied by Brittney Grisolia, 20. Both Snellman and Grisolia were arrested and taken out of the station in handcuffs. The Boston police also reported that both suspects were armed with knives.

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