ATM Patron Fends off Violent Robbery; Suspect Claims He’s the Victim

BOSTON, May 2, 2013—A Roxbury man was arraigned last week for a violent assault and robbery in which he claimed to responding police that he was the victim, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

TORIN TRAYNOR (D.O.B. 10/29/85) of Roxbury was arraigned April 24 in West Roxbury District Court on charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly using a tile floor and a shod foot during the alleged attack.  Assistant District Attorney Adrian Bispham recommended bail be set at $750.  Judge Ernest L. Sarason declined to impose monetary bail and released Traynor on his own recognizance.

According to prosecutors, Boston Police in the Mission Hill area responded to a report of a fight on Tremont Street at approximately 11:00 p.m. on March 21 and found a man on nearby Calumet Street suffering from multiple lacerations.  The man, later identified as Traynor, allegedly made statements that he had been attacked and robbed while using the ATM, prosecutors said.  Traynor was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Officers were then informed that another man, a 35-year-old Dorchester resident, was injured and needed help at a nearby restaurant. The man told police that, while he was withdrawing $20 from the ATM, a man took his money and began beating him. He was punched, kicked, and had his head slammed against the floor and windows.

During the attack, the victim said, he pulled out a box-cutter and cut the attacker in self-defense, eventually extricating himself from the attack and seeking refuge at a nearby T.G.I. Fridays. He pointed Traynor out to witnesses, saying “He robbed me.” Traynor was holding a black wallet at the time; witnesses took it from him and kept it at the scene for police.

Investigators returned to the Brigham, where they met with Traynor again and recovered a $20 bill with apparent blood stains. They also met with Citizens Bank personnel to review surveillance footage from the ATM lobby. That footage corroborated the victim’s account, prosecutors said.

Due to injuries he sustained in the physical altercation with the victim, Traynor was summonsed to court. Prosecutors say the victim will not face charges.

Traynor was represented by Robert Tobin.  He will return to court June 6.


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