At approximately 2:20 pm, on Monday, April 18, 2011, a female runner was knocked down by a bystander who jumped over the steel barriers and ran into a crowd of runners at approximately Mile 22 of the 115th running of the Boston Marathon in the area of Chestnut Hill Ave and Englewood Ave. The female runner was violently knocked down by the suspect who then continued running through the crowd in an effort to meet with a friend who was running in the marathon. Several officers observed the incident but were unable to assist the female runner due to the large volume of participants on the course at the time.
The female runner was helped to her feet by other runners and then assisted in continuing towards Cleveland Circle. The female was observed to be a white non-Hispanic female, approximately 35-40 yrs old, slim build, dark colored hair, and dark colored running gear. Unfortunately officers who witnessed the incident were unable to identify the bib number of the injured runner due to the extreme volume of runners. However, officers were able to stop the suspect soon thereafter. The suspect in this case, Brendan Quinn, 20, of Medfield, will be charged with Disorderly Conduct and Disturbing a Public Assembly.
Officers are asking the victim to come forward or any other individuals who were witness to the incident. Officers urge the victim or witnesses to please contact C-11 detectives at 617-343-4335.