Transit Police arrest two wanted men

By Jenna Duncan
Globe Correspondent / April 23, 2011

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Transit Police made two significant arrests yesterday, when the accused instigator of an April 11 attack on a bus driver surrendered and a man on the state Probation Service’s most wanted list was captured.

Brian Donovan of Dedham, 18, turned himself in yesterday morning at MBTA police headquarters in Boston to face charges that he attacked a driver who asked him to stop smoking.

After being interviewed, he was arrested on charges of assault and battery on a public employee and wrongful interference with a bus driver, Deputy Chief Joseph O’Connor said.

Police suspect that the incident was triggered by Donovan’s smoking.

“He certainly was involved from the very beginning,’’ said O’Connor.

Once the driver asked Donovan to put out the cigarette, he and three or four others assaulted the driver, officials said. The driver lost control and crashed into a building on Dudley Street near Vine Street in Roxbury.

The wrongful interference charge is classified as a felony. The maximum penalty for a conviction is up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

O’Connor said the investigation is ongoing, and he hopes others involved come forward with more information.

Donovan is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Roxbury District Court. Two others have already been charged in the assault.

Also yesterday, a Transit Police officer arrested a Dorchester man outside Andrew Station in South Boston after he appeared this week on the list of most wanted probation violators. Samuel Nelson of Dorchester, 23, was arrested shortly before 11 a.m. on a warrant for armed masked robbery, home invasion, and several other counts.

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