Woman nabs alleged 'T' flasher for police
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BOSTON (WHDH) -- Crazy things have happened on a nightly train ride home from work, but Thursday night one woman says a man crossed the line.
“He was literally about this far…I mean I looked up and saw him, I looked down because it was just awkward looking into his face and then…I just saw that he had exposed himself,” said the woman.
The suspect, Michael Galvin, told police the train into Packard’s Corner in Allston was so crowded that his shorts just fell down.
Some commuters think that it’s possible.
“I know plenty of guys who don’t wear belts. Somebody’s pants falling down’s totally possible,” said one commuter.
The 24-year-old woman, who doesn’t want to share her name, said that it was no accident. She says when no one reacted to her screams she had to take action.
“I basically, like, lunged off the train after him and I just held him there,” said the woman.
By the time police showed up she was dragging Galvin by the collar of his sweatshirt to police. Some riders think it was an impressive feat.
“Brave, absolutely. Brazen? Definitely,” said one person.
Galvin, the woman says, was much bigger than her, but she didn’t want to be a victim.
“I want everyone to know you have to say something. Maybe lunging out of the train was not the right way to go,” said the woman. “I just wanted to make sure he wasn’t going to get away with this.”
MBTA police commend the woman’s bravery and encourage others to say something if they see something, but they said let the police do the actual crime fighting.
Galvin was arraigned in court on Friday. He was released on his own personal recognizance until his next court date, scheduled for the end of May.