Red Line Attack Witness Defends Decision Not To Intervene

BOSTON (CBS) – Video of a brutal beating on the Red Line went viral, and the man who shot it is coming under fire for not stepping in.

Watch Video Here (Warning: explicit language)

Last Thursday night as the train approached Park Street, a woman accused a man of stepping on her dog’s paw and then made good on her threat of violence, punching the man several times in the head.

Tim Antonellis shot the now-infamous video.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey got reaction from other commuters on Monday:

He was heard laughing in the background as he shot the video on his cellphone, and posted it on YouTube. Social media has been full of people questioning why he did not step in.

“You’re not gonna take a swing at some crazy person on the train, and me, I’m not gonna jump in the middle of something like that and probably get myself hurt,” said Antonellis. “I got a video of it. It’s probably gonna help catch her.”

In fairness, no one else stepped in during the initial beating, although one man did finally pull the woman off, ending the attack.

After the assault, witnesses said the suspect got off at the Park Street station.

Antonellis says he laughed because he knew the victim was not seriously hurt, but he hopes his video helps.

“This woman needs some help. I mean, either way, she’s got some issues if she’s taking a swing at someone on a train in the middle of rush hour,” said Antonellis. “So if it gets her some help, that’s gonna be the best thing about it.”

mbtaattackwitness Red Line Attack Witness Defends Decision Not To Intervene

Tim Antonellis witnessed the beating and recorded it.

Antonellis said he thinks he has seen the woman on the train before. What if he saw her on the train again?

“(I would) cover my face and hope that she doesn’t recognize me,” said Antonellis.

Witnesses said the victim was not seriously hurt and does not want to press charges. But, police said the woman could face a charge of disorderly conduct.

  • chris

    its getting to point where we need a “cop on every corner” in massachusetts….there has to be a grant to make this happen….

  • Kristin

    Some people need to stay in Muderpan. Escapee from the Franklin Park Zoo perhaps?

  • Rob Cleary

    Tim Antonellis parents must be proud of their little ladyboy.

    • Bob Thomas

      Of course if this had been a “man” hitting a woman then the police would arrest the man, whether the woman wanted to press charges or not. This “woman” is not going to be charged or anything because the man does not wish to press charges.

      • dan

        it has always been one sided.. that is the way it is, the woman gets off and the man gets the shaft.

    • brian

      Women want to be treated equal, but why is it when they attack a man, if the man fights back they suddenly cry “unfair, I’m just a poor defenseless girl.”?

  • dan

    any man that takes that from a woman is pretty lame

    • Matt

      I knocked a broad out one time after she hit me. She had the wrong person. I am fine with myself and I don’t care what anyone else thinks about it.

    • brian

      If a woman wants to start attacking a guy he has a right to strike her in defense.

  • dan

    and in the middle of rush hour everybody sees you. i’d be embarrassed

  • Rob Cleary

    Deval will let her marry the dog so she can claim spousal privilege.

    • dan

      just like the auntie patrick

  • emom

    This women has serious issues… counting down to beating him,, I would not intervein either,, she is nuts,, PURE CRAZY, and all because he stepped on herdogs foot, Seemed he appoligized and she still whaled on him… Yeah dont blame either of these guys for not trying to stop her, she was way over the top and out of control. even after the beating.
    Anyone that would try to stop her could have got much the same. or she would accuse you of assault,, CRAZY OUT OF CONTROL LOONEY.

    • tsal

      emom – good comments and I agree (with above comment and also with it not being necessary to laugh) – as far as many of the other comments – seems testosterone is running a bit high here today.

      • Thank You Soldiers

        To petem… This guy did take the high road for sure and he did cover up pretty good and I imagine her hands and wrists hurt today and he is just fine. It is just the principal of getting sucker punched or blind sided like he did that just doesn’t sit right. I don’t know how I would react if I was taking those shots.

        It sounds like you had a good upbringing with decent values. I like to think I had a similar upbringing. I have never raised my hands to a girl or woman and I have never raised them to someone that didn’t have it coming. We seem to agree on that. Where you lose me a little is when you say NEVER hit a girl or woman. Just for arguments sake let me play a little devils advocate. If that lady sucker punched your Father or worse yet Mother or wife (apologies if I hit a nerve, playing a hypothetical scenario) but if that was someone you care about would you reconsider? Never say never is all I am getting at.

        I would like to think I would cover up and hope someone at least got her away like I read but if I was there and that was my Father she was working on she would be through the window at the very least and I would undoubtedly been in custody. Woman or not, Hit someone I love then all bets are off.

      • petem

        reading these comments, it’s apparent there are a lot of guys here with mommy issues…
        I was brought up that as a man, you NEVER hit a girl or woman. I have seen this video many times now and correct me if I’m wrong but was this guy seriously injured? Did anyone see blood? He seems to have been able to tell he was dealing with a drunk person and was a big guy; he could have really hurt her with out trying. He took the high road and avoided the mess that would have come if he had reacted violently.

    • dan

      all you have to do is knock her out…..WHAM …..plenty of people on the train that saw that…plus the video

    • Thank You Soldiers

      Maybe I don’t blame them for not intervening. But don’t stand there filming and chuckling in the audio as someone is getting assaulted. If you want to bury your head in the sand when something scary happens then bury it in all the way. To stand there and giggle like that while filming for a You Tube video while someone is getting a shellacking warrants a little ridicule. It actually warrants getting slapped around and a by the iPhone. The guy took it like a champ and I hope he had something to say to Mr. Antonellis. Coward.

      • Linds

        I went to College with Tim. He is one of the nicest guys and wouldn’t hurt anyone. I wouldn’t have intervened. That chick was clearly nuts and you never know what people like that are capable of.

      • emom

        I agree chuckleing about the assualt is crazy,, BUT still to intervein with this whack job is only going to cause more issues,,, She is a loose cannon and wel if you tried to stop her , she could have screamed assult,,,,, The video was a good idea these days to catch the person ,, But YEAH laughing Not so cool.
        She is still a nut case.

  • KSL, LLC.

    It seems that someone forgot to stop by the Shattuck hospital for their happy tic-tacs! She’ll most likely be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. If they really wanted to make life difficult for her, then they could ban her from riding on or trespassing in any MBTA facilities for 1-2 years. Perhaps a judge will send her for a month-long stay at the Bridgewater State ‘resort and mental spa’

    In any case, she (and innocent bystanders) were lucky the victim was not mentally unstable or armed with a weapon. That would have really been a mess.

  • Denise

    I doubt they’ll figure out who she is – I’m thinking her “friends” don’t watch the news! and to be more vicious than your dog! Lordy… what is this world coming to! And even though she was beating the poor guy for no reason and he isn’t pressing charges – I have no doubt she’ld be looking for her free ride to easy street if someone put a hand on her! She freaked about her dog – can you imagine if someone had hit her back… Law suit and the sad part is she’ld probably win!

  • Mike

    There is no question that if the genders were reversed the police would find the assailant and charge them with assault whether the victim wanted to press charges or not.

  • Miss T

    This is attention seeking behavior at its worst. She has serious anger management issues. Hopefully they find this trash.

  • susieqsis

    All those people and no one does a thing. I’m 60 and I would have at least spoken to her, softly, gently. Maybe it would have done something, maybe not. I know that I would have done something as I’ve gotten involved in other circumstances. The victim was obviously trying not to escalate things. But to do nothing when another human being is being attacked? Do you stop when you see someone fall on the street? Witness a car accident? Yes, it’s the safer, qucker way, but stand there and do nothing but watch? Oh, and video it for Youtube…

  • Dave_D

    I’ll bet that the dog was embarrassed.

  • Marty

    People don’t laugh only because something is funny. They also laugh when something surprises them or embarrasses them.

  • disguisedtsal

    I’ll try to post again Pete since BZ seems to be back to having problems. You are correct of course and that doesn’t surprise me. And those here that have issues post most of their responses along those lines so I supposed I should not be surprised. Glad to find a gentleman and I am not surprised it is you :)


  • Heather

    This is Massachusetts. If he hit her, he would be arrested.

    If they find her, she may be lucky and be an illegal immigrant. They will probably give her a drivers license, welfare, free tuition and a list of people’s social security numbers to use…….

    Like I said, this is Massachusetts.

  • Samantha

    I saw this woman on the green line right before she got onto the red line, she was talking to my boyfriend and I about how she rescued her dog and then said she was going to meet some friends to party at Harvard Square, she was carrying a water bottle full of what looked like whiskey and said she was feeling “a little tipsy.” I hope they catch her and get her the help she needs.

  • Amanda B

    Heather you’re an idiot. Plain and simple.

  • Watching you

    People stick to the incident the gov and people that are not citizens have nothing to do with the incident.

  • Jack

    First of all, non working dogs are not supposed to be on the train. I’m disappointed that the man attacked didn’t just beat her into submission. Tolerance of bad behavior only leads to more bad behavior.

  • Brit

    It’s very easy to say “I would have stepped in” when you’re commenting on an article. I agree with Tim’s decision (and also know him, so am aware he could have easily held her off) not to step in. It’s clear from the video that she wasn’t hurting the man she was attacking, but is also doesn’t mean that she couldn’t. Someone that angry and intoxicated could easily be carrying a concealed weapon. There is no right or wrong way to approach this, but at the end of the day, everyone was safe, and this woman has now been identified to police.

  • linda

    Men LOVE to watch women fighting. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t matter if they’re fighting other women or a guy. That’s the way it is. Just look at these high school girl fights. Guys stand around, watching and cheering them on. Maybe a man can explain it, I can’t.

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