Police in Massachusetts have arrested four people over the brutal beating of a 29-year-old man that took place on Mother’s Day. The four who were apprehended are Roxbury residents Jumoke Marshall and John Benoit, 22, Everett resident Eric Wallace, 19, and a 16-year-old, who is also from Roxbury. The latter, however, was 15 when the beating happened and will be charged as a juvenile.
All four of them faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem, and unarmed robbery.
According to police, the four of them ate the meal of the victim and his friend. The two parties were sitting next to each other at the New Golden Gate restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown. The four suspects then allegedly demanded that the victim and his friend pay for the meal. When the two of them refused to do so and walked away, the other four are accused of attacking the victim in an attempt to commit robbery.
At least one attacker allegedly stepped on the victim’s head at least six times before taking his wallet. The victim’s friend ran away.
The 29-year-old victim sustained a fractured skull, cracked eye sockets, swelling to the brain, permanent cognitive damage, and memory loss.
Allegations of Massachusetts assault can be frightening to face, which is why you should speak to a Boston criminal defense attorney about your case. Many criminal cases are not always what they appear to be on the surface, and an experienced Boston criminal lawyer can make sure your rights are upheld and you get the best defense possible. Some criminal cases are framed in such a way by police and the media that the cards can immediately get stacked against a suspect-unless there is someone to protect him or her.
Man’s severe beating leads to four arrests, Boston Globe, October 13, 2009
Arrests made in ‘savage and senseless’ Mother’s Day Beating, Boston Herald, October 13, 2009
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Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon