Boston Man Threatens People with His Pet Rat “Jerry” on the MBTA

Boston Man Jeffrey Stewart, 57, was arrested by Boston MBTA Transit Police at the Oak Grove Orange line T stop on Thursday after allegedly threatening passengers on the train using his pet rat Jerry as a weapon.

Stewart is well known for causing disturbances on the T with his pet rat, according to Boston transit police.

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Jeffrey Stewart & Jerry the Rat

Stewart was arrested at Oak Grove Station around 4 p.m. Thursday after threatening people with his pet rat, Jerry, transit police wrote on Twitter. Stewart was also consuming alcohol, being disorderly, and refusing to leave, according to police.

Per MBTA rider rules and regulations, small animals should be kept in pet carriers on the T.

“Allowing animals off-leash, out of carriers, and/or taking up vehicle seats is not permitted,” the MBTA website states.

So, in Boston, you can walk around with a pet rodent, but it must be in a carrier or on a leash.

Boston Animal Care and Control took custody of Jerry, Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan told

Jeffrey appeared in court, and according to The Malden District Court clerk’s office, he is facing charges of disorderly conduct, trespassing, and threats to commit a crime.

Stewart and Jerry previously caused a stir when they were escorted off an MBTA bus. In that incident, other riders felt unsafe and exited the bus after seeing the man with his rat sitting on his shoulder, transit police said at the time.

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Boston animal control confirmed Jerry is being cared for at its shelter in Roslindale, where he will remain until he can be reunited with his owner.

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