A 71-year-old woman was physically and verbally attacked on a Boston train, for merely asking to take a seat.
The victim only gave her name as Linda and stated that the incident started when she asked a fellow passenger to remove their pocketbook from an empty seat so that she could rest.
“I said, ‘Excuse me’ three times, then I got into her face and asked her to move her bag and she said, ‘No, I don’t want anyone sitting next to me.’” Linda told WBZ-TV.
The following unsettling response was that 23-year-old Jada Campbell called Linda an “ugly white person” and then proceeded to hit and trip the septuagenarian.
Feeling threatened by the encounter, Linda departed the train early, only to be pursued by Campbell.
“[Campbell] was abusive, ranting and raving, ‘I’m going to take you down and have it out,’” Linda said.
“I had two good Samaritans come off with me and they were protective,” Linda said of passengers concerned for her safety. “Campbell] came up and said, ‘Let’s have it out here and now,’ took off her earrings, and threw stuff down.”
When law enforcement became involved, Campbell reportedly resisted arrest and shouted to witnesses, “If I see you on the streets, I’ll murder you.”
Campbell was charged with assault, witness intimidation, and disorderly conduct.