A third teen has been arraigned in connection with the exchange of gunfire outside Forest Hills Station during last Friday’s busy morning commute.
Robert Acosta, 18, was arraigned yesterday on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and assault with a dangerous weapon, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Bail was set at $25,000.
Two other suspects also appeared in court this week. Kisean Parker, 18, was arraigned on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and assault with a dangerous weapon. Kevasia Lowe, 18, was arraigned charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a dangerous weapon, and assault with a dangerous weapon. Bail was set at $15,000; the judge ordered Parker and Lowe to abide by a curfew and stay away from witnesses and victims. Parker was additionally ordered to reside with a family member outside of the city of Boston and stay away from Boston except to attend court dates.
According to prosecutors, Parker became involved in a verbal altercation with several individuals on board an MBTA bus that spilled into the street after the bus arrived at the Forest Hills Station shortly before 8 a.m. Friday. Parker allegedly opened fire on the individuals as they fled from the area of Asticou Road and Washington Street; a second man returned fire. Lowe allegedly threatened one victim with a Taser device during the altercation, prosecutors said.
Boston and Transit Police officers interviewed witnesses and victims and located spent shell casings in the area where the shots were fired. Additional officers detained Parker and Lowe not far from the scene, and a witness positively identified Parker as the gunman, prosecutors said. A firearm and a Taser were found in Lowe’s handbag upon arrest, prosecutors said.
Images of the second gunman were captured by public safety cameras at the MBTA station. Acosta was identified and arrested Monday morning.