Thursday, May 21, 2009

Juvenile Thugs Rule Crown Jewel of Abington

By Maureen Boyle

A group of teens randomly beat and robbed a 29-year-old man Thursday night who had just gotten off the train and was walking home, police said.

“It is alarming to us,” Abington Police Chief David Majenski said. “This individual had no relation, no known connection between these people and the victim.”

Four teens were arrested after the attack and face charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and receiving stolen property.

Majenski said the victim had gotten off the train from work shortly after 8 p.m. and was walking home with his backpack when he was attacked by four people.

“Four individuals walking passed by him, turned back around and assaulted him,” Majenski said. “They pushed him to the ground, kicked him, beat him and then took his backpack.”

Officers found what appeared to be an abandoned vehicle parked on Walnut Street and discovered it had been reported stolen from Brockton on May 13.

The fire department responded and treated the victim at the scene, the chief said.

“There was bruising on his face. He had been beaten up pretty good,” Majenski said.

As officers fanned out, looking for the suspects, four teens matching the attackers’ descriptions were spotted by officer Marc Poirier by Wal-Mart, he said.

When the officer turned his cruiser around, one of the suspects ran off but was later caught by Sgt. Scott Saccoach.

Matthew Brian Richard, 17, of 199 Court St., Brockton, and Robert Smith, 17, of 9 Henry St., Brockton, were charged with unarmed robbery, assault and battery were a dangerous weapon and receiving stolen property, a motor vehicle.

Two 16-year-old boys will face similar charges in Juvenile Court.

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