Man threatens bus driver, strips in front of T station

By L. Finch
Globe Correspondent / July 14, 2011

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A 53-year-old homeless man threatened to kill an MBTA bus driver and his family and then stripped naked in front of the Andrew T Station on Tuesday when a Transit Police officer tried to question him, officials said yesterday.

Duane Brennan pleaded not guilty in South Boston District Court yesterday to charges of threatening to commit a crime, indecent exposure, and disorderly conduct, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said. Brennan was held on $1,000 cash bail and ordered to stay away from Andrew Station.

Transit police were called to the station in South Boston just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on a report of someone threatening a bus driver, police said. The driver told an officer that Brennan had threatened to kill him and “hunt down and kill’’ his family, a police report said.

When the officer attempted to interview Brennan, he became disorderly and began to shout and strip off his clothes, including his shoes and socks, according to the report. Brennan then stood naked in front of the station in view of passersby, shouting a profane statement at the officer, the report said.

The officer ordered Brennan several times to put his shorts back on because he was under arrest, the police report stated, but Brennan refused.

Brennan, still naked, was handcuffed and placed in the officer’s cruiser to be transported for booking, but not before allegedly screaming that the officer was hurting him, the report related.

An attorney for Brennan could not be immediately reached yesterday. He is due back in court Aug. 12.

A search of his person was “not necessary,’’ according to the report.