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Man Faces Charges After Allegedly Stealing Cab, Jumping Off A Bridge In Boston

BOSTON (CBS) -- A Shirley man was arrested in Boston after a hectic scene near the Fort Point bridge early Wednesday.

Around 2:45 a.m., a person tracked down a police officer who was making a traffic stop to say that a person had just jumped off the bridge. That person, who was later identified as 29-year-old William Thoresen, was pulled from the water by Boston Fire and EMTs and taken to a hospital, police said.

Two taxis were damaged after a man attempted to steal a cab in Boston (WBZ-TV)

Further investigation revealed the moments leading up to Thoresen's jump. According to police, Thoresen had stolen a taxi from South Station and drove it to the bridge. In the process of taking the cab, Thoresen allegedly pushed the driver out, put the car in reverse with the door open, and hit the driver with the open door. As he pulled away, he hit another cab, damaging both vehicles.

Before that, police said he broke into a building on South Street and sprayed a fire extinguisher inside before running away.

Boston Police responded to Fort Point Channel after a witness said a person had jumped in (WBZ-TV)

Thoresen was released from New England Medical Center and will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court. He faces charges of carjacking, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering, two counts of willful and malicious destruction of property, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident causing personal injury.

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