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Police looking for suspects involved in MBTA assault

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SOUTH BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) - The MBTA released surveillance video of a man and two women being assaulted in an effort to track down the people behind it.

Police said a homeless man was attacked on a Red Line train that was just pulling into the Broadway Station.

A witness who was on the train with his nephew said the suspects were looking for a fight.

"We were trying to get the fight not happening. Trying to get everyone to calm down. They were freaking out at people who were saying calm down saying ‘what are you going to do? Are you going to make me calm down?’ They were looking for a fight," the witness said.

When two Good Samaritans, young teenage girls tried to help, they were attacked too.

The vicious assault was caught on a cellphone camera and now police are asking for help to identify the six suspects, four men and two women.

Police said it happened Sunday night. A male passenger exchanged words with a group and it escalated to punching and kicking.

“The two females who did not know any of the parties, did not know the male who was assaulted or the other group. When they saw the person getting kicked in the head they tried to step in and stop it,” Supt. in Chief Joseph O'Connor, MBTA Police said.

The two teenage girls from Rhode Island were also injured.

"There's a man hitting me too, and he's kicking me. And at that moment, I'm in a brawl with these two females. We didn't even do anything," said one of the female victims.

The witness to the assault also said that even as the suspects got off the train the continued to beat on the man. The man was taken to the hospital.

"They got him a couple times and everyone was leaving off the train, the other guy walked back in to hit him a couple more times, it just made no sense," he said.

According to the witness the man who was attacked did not speak English and the language barrier, coupled with alcohol, escalated the fight.

"And just to think that something like that could happen, someone tries to help someone else too and they get attacked. It's kind of terrifying," another witness said.

"This is strange, none of the victims know anyone that was involved. That's why we're coming forward now and asking people if they can identify those individuals to help us," O'Connor said.

Even though the incident happened in South Boston, police don't know whether the suspects are from that area.

The pictures are very clear and officials are hoping people will take a look and provide them with information that will lead to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Transit Police at (617) 222-1100.
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