MBTA Orange Line excitement: Nearly naked man arrested at State Street station

An MBTA customer wanted on several warrants was arrested when he allegedly did — or wore — little to avoid drawing attention from police.

Transit police responded to State Street station at around 7:30 a.m. Friday for a report of a naked man at the entrance to the Orange Line.

Upon arrival, they encountered a man who was later identified as Vashon Roberts, 44, of Boston, who “pointed out he was not naked and had his underwear on,” according to a Transit Police statement. “The officers acknowledged that fact and attempted to see if Roberts wanted any services or any other way they could assist him.”

Police say Roberts at first gave them a false name and when they asked him if he was OK, he responded in kind to them with the same question.

Transit police wrote in a statement that they discovered multiple warrants for Roberts, including a warrant on an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge out of municipal court in Roxbury, another on an uttering false checks charge out of Ayer District Court and one more for violation of a domestic abuse prevention order out of Dorchester court.

It was a similar story a week earlier, on July 30, when a Transit police officer on patrol at Ashmont Station allegedly found a man identified as Gerard Burton, 57, peeing on an elevator door, “without regard for whom may pass by,” as the police wrote in a statement.

Burton, likewise, was arrested on outstanding warrants, including out of Middlesex Superior Court for multiple charges related to assault and battery and a charge of intimidation of a witness. During booking at Transit Police headquarters, officers discovered an extraditable warrant on Burton out of Rhode Island on a fraud charge.