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Man Kicked Rider Off MBTA Platform, Later Stabbed Person in Head, Police Say

"I want justice for my son because my son could have been dead," said the mother of the teenager kicked on subway tracks in Boston

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Police have arrested a man who kicked an MBTA rider into a train pit in downtown Boston then stabbed a man at an apartment complex in Whitman hours later Tuesday, officials said.

Kedrian Perry-Marshall, who was arrested Wednesday, faces attempted murder charges in both incidents. There was no immediate connection between the two assaults, which were announced by separate police departments Thursday.

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In the first incident, Perry-Marshall, a 23-year-old, is suspected of kicking a person into the train pit at State Street Station about 2 p.m., according to MBTA Transit Police, who arrested Perry-Marshall Wednesday afternoon. The victim wasn't hurt.

About six hours later, at a Whitman apartment complex on Myrtle Avenue, Perry-Marshall allegedly stabbed a 27-year-old man in the head and upper body, then fled, according to Whitman police.

They searched for the attacker but couldn't find him in the area. Police said they identified Perry-Marshall as a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant for him on an attempted murder charge.

Images shared by both police departments showed a man in a similar-looking jacket. Prosecutors said in court Thursday that Perry-Marshall was arrested with an apparently blood-stained knife and wearing the same green and black jacket from both sets of surveillance images.

A judge ordered he be held in jail pending a dangerousness hearing next week. It wasn't immediately clear when he would be in court on the charges in Whitman.

The MBTA rider kicked onto the tracks was a 16-year-old on his way home from school who was blindsided by the stranger's kick while waiting for an Orange Line train, according to his mother.

"I want justice for my son because my son could have been dead," said the woman, who didn't want to give her name.

Prosecutors said the teenager was lucky a train wasn't coming and didn't touch the third rail as he made his way out of the pit.

The teenager was traumatized, his mother said, calling the Perry-Marshall evil for what he allegedly did.

MBTA Transit Police said Perry-Marshall is from Whitman, but Whitman police said that, while he has connections to the area, his most recent address is unknown.

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