Police arrested a pair of Watertown residents who allegedly attacked an 80-year-old taxi driver when he confronted them for not paying their cab fare on St. Patrick’s Day.
Police received a call from the taxi driver to report a fare evasion.
“Officers observed the driver’s face was red and flush, and was bloodied with a possible broken nose,” said Watertown Police Lt. Michael Lawn.
The taxi driver picked up the couple, identified as Tyler Tuccio and Samantha Moreira of Watertown, in Boston and drove them to Highland Street in Watertown. When he informed them of the fare, Tuccio and Moreira exited the cab without paying, Lawn said.
The driver got out to get the money, and when he approached them, Tuccio struck the driver in the face with a closed hand and Moreira dropped to pizzas she was holding and punched the driver and left the area, Lawn said.
Police found the couple on Wilmot Street and placed them under arrest.
Tyler James Tuccio, 30, and Samantha Jo Moreira, 25, both of Watertown, both face charges of assault and battery on a person over age 60, disorderly conduct and attempting to evade a taxi fare, Lawn said.