After warning a raucous bunch of parkgoers to cease smoking and boozing it up, a 17-year-old lifeguard was stabbed and savagely attacked at a Massachusetts beach.
Around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, the event occurred at Bell Pond in Worcester. Several members of the group departed the park after being told that drinking alcohol and smoking was prohibited and that they would be asked to leave if they didn’t stop, but one man got “verbally aggressive” with the teen.
The guy then attacked the lifeguard with a knife and a stick when he came back with a smaller group, according to Fox News. The victim was brought to a nearby hospital, luckily he didn’t suffer any serious wounds.
Officers at the scene radioed a warning message to be on the lookout for the suspects and assessed the area shortly after the apparent attack.
After a foot chase near Wilson St., Celestine Bigirimana, 22, was apprehended. Attack and battery with a deadly weapon, causing a disturbance, disorderly behavior, trespassing, resisting detention and possession of an open container of alcohol were among the charges he faced.
Three men emerged from the woods and entered East Park, according to other cops in the area. Police officers “developed probable cause that they were the males who attacked the lifeguard” and arrested them, Worcester Police reported.
Mohamed Abdullahi, 19, was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, as well as disturbing the peace, according to police. Assault and battery with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct, and causing a disturbance were among charges of a seventeen-year-old minor who was also detained.
A third man who was detained at the scene was later “released without charges” after more information was obtained, according to Worcester Police.
The 17-year-old lifeguard, who was unnamed, was new to the position after receiving certification 4 to 5 weeks earlier, and had been following regular procedures that had been in place for the past 25 years without any serious problems in alerting partygoer groups, the assistant commissioner of the Worcester Parks & Recreation Department Robert Antonelli Jr. said.
“As a city, as a community, what happened here was uncalled for. It’s a simple request. It’s a simple item, and they took it too far”. Antonelli went on to say, “We’re not going to stand for it.”
Antonelli said municipal officials are currently in talks with the police department to see if lifeguards should be in charge of maintaining regulations concerning drinking and loud behavior, as Worcester police officers regularly patrol the beach.