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Massachusetts State Police seek public’s help in attack on elderly motorist


November 23 at 8:25 p.m., Photos of victim’s vehicle added.

The Massachusetts State Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying multiple suspects who, while operating dirt bikes and ATVs, surrounded and assaulted an 82-year-old motorist in Boston last Thursday. The victim, a Brookline man, suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized but is expected to survive.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on November 18, the victim was driving his 1996 Buick Century from Park Drive to Boylston Street, approaching the Bowker Overpass, when he observed 30 to 40 off-road motorcycles and ATVs approaching him. The bike and ATV riders forced the victim onto the curb on the right-hand side of the road and several of them began smashing the windows of the victim’s car.

The victim then was able to drive away and took the Bowker Overpass to Storrow Drive westbound with the intention of driving to a police station to get help. Several of the dirt bike and ATV operators followed him, however, and began kicking and striking the victim’s vehicle again. The victim attempted to drive evasively to get away from the suspects as he continued onto Soldiers Field Road.

The victim attempted to take the Cambridge Street off-ramp by the DoubleTree hotel in Allston but got stuck in traffic at the top of the ramp. He put his window down to ask occupants of another car to call 911. While the victim’s car window was down, one of the riders, a male, approached him on foot and began punching the victim through the open window. At the same time, other riders continued to kick the victim’s car. One of the suspects threw a piece of pipe through the car’s rear window; another threw a large rock through one of the car windows.

Eventually traffic being to flow, and the victim was able to make a left turn onto Cambridge Street in Allston. He was able to drive to Joe’s Kwik Market, where he got out of his car and fell to the ground. Boston EMS responded and transported him to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. He remains hospitalized.

The investigation into the facts and circumstances of the attack, including potential motives, if any, remains active and is being conducted by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County, and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

We ask that anyone who witnessed this incident or parts of it, or who saw the group of dirt bike and ATV riders or has information about them, to call us. We also ask that anyone who may have captured cell phone footage of the group or the incident, or who called 911 to report the incident, to call us as well. Anyone who has any such information, photos or footage or who called 911 that night is asked to call the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County at 617-727-8817. As a reminder, the incident began at approximately 7:30 p.m. and the full route of travel of the suspect group was as follows: Park Drive, Boylston Street, Bowker Overpass, Storrow Drive (westbound); Soldiers Field Road (westbound), off-ramp to Cambridge Street by River Street Bridge and DoubleTree hotel in Allston, culminating at the Joe’s Kwik Market (formerly Speedway) on Cambridge Street in Allston (roughly 2.7 miles).

The attached video and photos shows the group on Thursday evening prior to the incident.

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