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Police said a man exposed himself to two teenage cousins on their way home from school and then stabbed the two women in a brazen daylight assault aboard an MBTA bus in Dorchester.
Transit police arrested Steven Phillips, 32, of Dorchester after the attack on the girls, aged 18 and 19, on the No. 23 bus at Washington and Morse streets just before 2 p.m. yesterday. A source said both are Dorchester High seniors.
"Before boarding the bus in Codman Square, the man exposed himself to the young women and there was the start of a verbal altercation between the parties that escalated while on the bus," said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo.
Then the suspect pulled a knife and stabbed both women in the head, said MBTA Transit Police Acting Chief Paul MacMillan. The victims were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Boston Medical Center.
Phillips pleaded guilty to slicing a man's face open on the No. 16 bus in 2002 and was given probation until January 2006, according to a law enforcement source.
In March 2007, Dwayne Graham, 18, was shot dead while riding on the No. 23 with a group of teens when another group started chasing and hitting the bus.

Jessica Van Sack contributed

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