A Boston man allegedly urinated in plain view of motorists on Mass. Ave. Tuesday morning while he was walking across Lafayette Street in East Arlington.
One of the motorists was an Arlington police officer on patrol. He stopped and got out of his cruiser, called for another officer and followed the man to the Alewife Greenway.
Once there, the officer told the man, who was no longer exposed, to drop his belongings, a black bag and cup, and put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed, according to police.
The officer then arrested the man, 61-year-old James B. O’Neill, of Harrison Avenue, Boston, for indecent exposure at about 10:35 a.m., police said.
O’Neill had been walking while “urinating on the street and sidewalk next to heavy traffic on Mass. Ave.,” according to the arrest report.
Police found an open beer can in his cup and eight more beers in his bag, according to the report.
In late July, police responded to the Alewife Greenway for a report of a man, who would turn out to be O’Neill, defecating near Mass. Ave. At the time, an Arlington officer told O’Neill, who is homeless and often asks drivers for change at a nearby intersection, to leave the Greenway and not return.