Police arrest suspected MBTA flasher
BOSTON -- A suspected MBTA flasher was arrested Thursday morning.
Boston Police said transit police officers took a man into custody at a Roxbury home.
The suspect, Abdel Hakim Rezzoug, was arraigned late Thursday afternoon. 7News has been told the suspect's attorney says his client is claiming he has no memory of the alleged incident.
MBTA police said the man exposed himself to passengers on the Blue Line on Christmas Eve. Passengers took video and snapped a photo of the suspect.
Police released a wanted poster with the suspect's picture and less that a week later the suspect was arrested.
The suspect was picked up at a group home where authorities say he was living.
"There's nothing to suggest that he's done any of this sort of thing in the past, apparently he had a recent hospitalization in November. Some medications were changed, there's some guessing about the casework that may have lead to this behavior ," said Tom McCarthy, the suspect's attorney.
The suspect is 39 years old. His attorney says he has been a patient of the Department of Mental Health for the last year and is bipolar. He says his client has no memory of what he allegedly did, but police have a detailed description from a witness.
"When he exposed himself to the riders, he had a slit cut in his pants where he exposed himself which ran parallel with the zipper. So this is a person that thought out this crime and we believe but that indication that he does it quite often," said Deputy Chief Joseph O'Connor of the Boston Transit Police.
Police don’t think it was the first time the man exposed himself on the ‘T’. MBTA police said they have a similar description of an incident that happened on the Red Line on the same night but they are unsure if the two incidents are connected.
The suspect remained in custody Thursday evening.
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