OMG PD: Panhandler Arrested for Allegedly Demanding Money from Cop
A look at some of the interesting police stories from around the region this week, including an attack on an Iraq vet and a Tewksbury man facing 18 charges in connection with bad checks.
Somerville Man Charged With Beating Up Wounded Iraq Vet: A Somerville man was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Tuesday and charged with beating up an unarmed Army veteran, who was wounded in Iraq, in front of the veteran's wife.
James Plunkett, 26, was charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon—a shod foot—according to an announcement from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Bail was set at $1,000 and Plunkett was ordered to stay away from the veteran, the announcement says.
Drunk Panhandler Demands Money from Undercover Cop, Gets Arrested: After police dispersed a crowd of drunk men from the parking lot of Rite Aid in Winter Hill, one of the men banged on the window of an undercover cop car and demanded money, according to details from a Somerville police report.
Another wandered off to Jaques Street and was caught urinating in public, the report says.
Toddler Accuses Teen of Assault: Police were called to the Convenient 38 for a report of an assault.
According to police, a woman stated she was in line with her three-year-old son, holding his hand, when the toddler shouted “he punched me, he punched me.” The child told his mother that one of four teenaged boys leaving the store had hit him in the face.
Police spoke to the youths, who denied touching the boy. The responding officer told the woman that it was “highly unlikely” that a teenager would hit a toddler holding his mother’s hand and the woman agreed. Police cleared the scene.
A Tewksbury man, already facing charges for two unarmed robberies, is in trouble with the law again.
Christopher Hughes, 26, was arraigned in Lowell District Court last week, accused of passing $2,800 in bad checks to a local credit union, according to an article appearing in the Lowell Sun.