MALDEN (CBS) — MBTA Transit Police arrested a man they say assaulted a bus driver early Tuesday morning.

Mohammad Noor, 30, of Malden, was taken into custody for assaulting a public employee and disorderly conduct. It was Noor’s third arrest by Transit Police in as many years.

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Mohammad Noor. (Photo credit - MBTA Transit Police)

Mohammad Noor. (Photo credit – MBTA Transit Police)

Police said Noor entered a bus while it was stopped in the Commercial Street busway around 12:45 a.m. and that he stood in the entrance of the bus, preventing the operator from closing the doors. The driver said that Noor eventually boarded, but refused to pay–and that, when the driver told Noor he would have to either pay or exit the bus, Noor assaulted him with his fists and scarf.

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Noor was approached by police as he left the Malden Center MBTA station. Officers said he threatened them and became combative, and was then placed under arrest.

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Transit Police arrested Noor in 2013 for the assault of a 69-year-old MBTA employee, and again in 2014 for attempted robbery.