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Alleged Assault Near 'Sketch Bench' on the Bike Path

Incidents and arrests in Arlington on Wednesday, June 27.

The following information comes from the Arlington Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Alleged Assault Near 'Sketch Bench' on the Bike Path

A young male told police Wednesday evening that he had been assaulted by two teenage males near “sketch bench” on the bike path Monday afternoon.

The male had been reluctant to file a police report, but his parents convinced him to do so, according to his father, who accompanied him to the station.

The male told Arlington Police that he was walking west on the bike path, between Water and Mill streets, at about 2:45 p.m. Monday when the two males, whom he pegged at 18 to 19 years old, confronted him. He said both teenagers were wearing black pants and black-and-red polos.

He said the teenagers asked him if he had anything on him, any weed or money, to which he replied, “No.” He said one of the teenagers then punched him in the left cheek, knocking him to the ground. He said the teenagers punched him in the head about four more times while he was on the ground. He eventually blacked out for about a half-hour, he told police, until his friend came upon him.

The male said he was dazed but talked to his friend for about an hour around “sketch bench,” which is near . The male said he then continued on to work, his original destination. He was more than two hours late, he said.

The male did not appear to have any visible marks or injuries from the incident, according to police. He told police that he had a cut on his tongue and a small bump on his head but that was it.

The male also told police that he did not believe anyone saw what happened, despite the area being well traveled and relatively active, with Buzzell Field and neighboring townhouses. He said he thinks people passed by while he was blacked out but said nobody stopped to help. He said he was off to the side of the bike path but not hidden from view while he was blacked out. Police said they received no calls about the alleged incident.

The male, through his father, requested a copy of the police report to show his boss.

Police later contacted the male’s friend. The friend told police that he had talked to the male for about five minutes, not an hour, after he found him. The friend was either “unable or unwilling to provide much detailed information,” according to police.

When the friend was asked about what time he located the male, he said “the sun was out,” police said, and then said “a little after noon” after further questioning. The friend was also unable to give the male’s location, police said. He told police that this was due to lapses and dizzy spells that a doctor told him was from poor nutrition.

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Notable Incidents on Wednesday, June 27

1:17 p.m., , Massachusetts Avenue, Malicious destruction of property over $250

6:13 p.m., Court and Water streets, Unarmed assault to rob (see above)

Tim June 29, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Oh this kid should get a job for Walt Disney . Because this story is so far fetched only a dope could believe it .. Urged by mommy an daddy to file a report . How convenient that daddy got a copy of the report to bring to his sons employer to excuse him from going to work.. The Arlington police have more serious stuff to deal with then this baloney ...
Squid60 June 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM
IF this is true, I really hope the kid is OK and they find the two who assaulted him, but it really sounds as if he was late to work and needed an explanation.
Tim July 01, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Squid I also hope that the kid is ok .. But I find the story very hard to believe ESP where this happened on the bike path an the time of the day on the bike path. And no matter how rude and self centered people are I am sure someone would have stopped and helped this kid...

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